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Retired AP Correspondent Arthur Rotstein Dies From COVID-19 At 74

Associated Press

Retired Associated Press correspondent Arthur H. Rotstein who covered southern Arizona for nearly 30 years has died at the age of 74. His daughter, Rebekah Rotstein, said he died Monday morning from COVID-19 after being hospitalized in Tucson for 10 days.

He covered a wide variety of subjects while serving as the AP’s Tucson correspondent, including documenting the wave of illegal immigration that swept the state in the mid-1990s. Rotstein reported on human smuggling, immigrants who died while crossing the Arizona desert, and the toll of illegal immigration to the environmental. He covered the sanctuary movement, an effort by clergy and lay members to help people fleeing political persecution from El Salvador and Guatemala cross the border into the United States. Rotstein is survived by his wife and daughter.