Shaena Montanari/AZCIR

Shaena Montanari/AZCIR

Shaena Montanari is an investigative reporter for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, focused on covering health disparities. Montanari recently completed a master’s degree in investigative journalism from ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism where she was a Roy W. Howard Fellow. Montanari has held reporting fellowships at National Geographic and The Arizona Republic, and produced freelance science and health journalism for publications such as Popular Science and Atlas Obscura.

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CDC report finds barriers to cooling center access for vulnerable residents during extreme heat

By: - June 17, 2022

Arizona residents seeking refuge from extreme heat may face barriers to accessing cooling centers designed to shield vulnerable populations from dangerous temperatures, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Heat exposure and heat-related illness are on the rise and the age group most at risk for hospitalization—those 65 and […]

COVID-19 is surging in Arizona schools, but parents are left in the dark

By: and - August 31, 2021

As COVID-19 infections surge in Arizona schools, sickening thousands of students and staff and forcing thousands more into quarantine, parents — and the public at large — have been left without a comprehensive picture of where Arizona students and educators are contracting the virus.  A patchwork of outbreak and quarantine notifications from school districts has […]