Aaron Granillo

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Aaron moved from his hometown of Seattle to Phoenix in 2006 to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. He received his degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU in 2010. Before joining KNAU as the Morning Edition host, Aaron spent nearly four years writing and reporting for Arizona’s Morning News at KTAR in Phoenix. He covered everything from immigration issues to sports. While there, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound. When not working, Aaron enjoys following Seattle’s sports teams, hiking, and practicing piano (which he just started playing in 2013).

Ways to Connect

Today marks the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a day to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in their decision to reveal their sexual identity. For many, there’s a sense of freedom and pride with coming out. Yet, it can be a difficult experience for others. Marion Griffin was forced to come out when she was a student at Northern Arizona University. Today, she works at NAU’s Office of Inclusion, and shared her story with KNAU’s Aaron Granillo.

NAU Center For International Education

Universities across the US are experiencing a decline in international student enrollment. Some school officials say the Trump administration’s immigration policies are to blame. Others say it’s a matter of cost and global competition. At any rate, Northern Arizona University is weighing the challenges, after welcoming its largest-ever group of international students. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo reports.


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System Act. The legislation cleared the way for a series of national trails, aimed at presevering “the open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources of the nation.” The Arizona Trail is part of that system. It stretches more than 800 miles from the US-Mexico Border to Utah, and includes Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. That’s where the Arizona Trail Association will celebrate tomorrow with a day of special events. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo met Matt Nelson, executive director of the association, on the trail to talk about its history.


A new documentary screens today in Flagstaff, showcasing the spiritual and enlightening side of running. The film, “3100: Run and Become” highlights peace through athletics. And that’s where ultra-marathoner Shaun Martin comes in. He’s a Navajo runner on a divine journey to honor his father’s historical trauma. He spoke with KNAU’s Aaron Granillo on the line from Chinle.

Beam, George L./Denver Public Library

Some rare photos of an iconic Southwestern landscape go on display tomorrow in Flagstaff. The Museum of Northern Arizona will showcase the first known photos of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.  Curator David Purcell unearthed them by accident, while researching the park’s history. KNAU's Aaron Granillo went to see some of the black and white images, while Purcell was setting up the exhibit.