Michael Colaianni returns home to the Tucson News Now family after spending two years reporting along the coast of central California.
While covering all sorts of news during his career, Michael has interviewed our nation's top politicians, been live on the scene of breaking news heard around the world, and even managed to save a woman with dementia while out on a story for which he earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the Collier County Sheriffs Office. Michael began his career in Yuma, AZ.
Michael grew up all over the world. Born in Malaysia, he was fortunate enough to live in and visit two dozen countries such as Japan, Egypt, Germany and the Maldives. This overseas experience helped mold Michael's passion for news and getting the truth out to those who need it.
Michael returned to the United States to attend St. Bonaventure University in New York. It is there he earned a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism/Mass Communications from the Russel J.Jandoli School of Journalism, where he learned from Pulitzer Prize-winning professors.
Michael is a passionate traveler, and enjoys spending his time off exploring all of the natural beauty Arizona has to offer. If he is not out taking pictures and making memories, you can find him rooting for his favorite sports teams, the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees.
The Tucson Unified School District Free Summer Meals Program has expanded this year, serving children at more than 80 locations, including five local libraries: Joel Valdez, Columbus, Valencia, Quincy, and Martha Cooper.
Chuy Estrada is set to retire after 35 years with the city of Sierra Vista sanitation department. Known for his infectious smile and personality, the El Paso native says he takes pride in his work and his community.
More than a dozen members of Southern Arizona's only professional Arena Football team took pictures and signed autographs as they walked the halls. Some even 'gowning up' to hangout and spend time with the hospital's most vulnerable kids.
In Pima County Over the last four years, 50,000 people have been kicked out of their homes and those are just the ones that made it to court. Last year alone, more than 13,000 evictions were filed and according to local leaders a lack of affordable housing is making the problem worse.
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation officials say the county currently pumps 28 million gallons of water a year into the large pond. After this project is completed, the pond will only require around 14 million gallons a year.
Bonita Park along the Santa Cruz River, just north of the Congress Street Bridge was rededicated by the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. There are shaded areas and a new interactive playground for the kids.