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Brock Blasdell

Brock Blasdell is a summer intern and staff reporter for The Well News. An Arizona native, Blasdell has three years of professional experience in both media relations and journalism covering education, elections, politics, business, science and local issues. His skill set includes creating and publishing both print and digital media, podcasting and videography, and his work has been seen in publications such as The Mesa Legend, AZ Big Media, The Tempe Wrangler News, and The East Valley Tribune.

Blasdell first began writing during an excursion abroad to Costa Rica. After being hired as a translator for a small local Spanish/English magazine, he soon moved on to roles in advertising, content creation and publishing. After returning to his hometown of Mesa, Arizona, just a year before his high school graduation, Blasdell began his official journey into journalism. 

In 2018, he was hired as an Opinions Editor for the Mesa Legend newspaper at Mesa Community College. In 2019, he transitioned into the position of News Editor at that same newspaper and began freelance work. In 2020, after graduating from Mesa Community College, he adopted the newly created Alumnus Correspondent position at The Mesa Legend and transferred to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University to pursue further education.

Recent Work

Wyoming Petitions for Control of Grizzly Bear Population in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
In The States
Wyoming Petitions for Control of Grizzly Bear Population in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
September 20, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Area could potentially, for a third time, be delisted from the federal Endangered Species List — following a petition from Republican Gov. Mark Gordon. The petition, which cites the species as “fully-recovered” and something to celebrate, is one... Read More

Broadband Summit to Decide The Future of Internet on Tribal Land
Broadband
Broadband Summit to Decide The Future of Internet on Tribal Land
September 16, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON -- A variety of federal departments will come together Friday to discuss the future of broadband internet connectivity for Native American communities. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Summit, led in part by a coalition of tribal governments, organizers and seven different federal departments, will feature a... Read More

Online Animal Trafficking A ‘Significant Challenge’ for US Says New Report
Animal Rights
Online Animal Trafficking A ‘Significant Challenge’ for US Says New Report
August 17, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

A recently released report on the status of illegal online wildlife trafficking has revealed thousands of endangered or illegal animals, parts and trophies are being digitally advertised in the U.S. The report, dubbed Digital Markets: Wildlife Trafficking Hidden in Plain Sight, found 1,400 advertisements working to... Read More

Navajo and Hopi Tribes Push for Equitable Renewable Energies for Northern Arizona
Energy
Navajo and Hopi Tribes Push for Equitable Renewable Energies for Northern Arizona
August 5, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

A recently released documentary is showing how the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes are pushing for equitable and renewable energy sources for the many people living without electricity in the Black Mesa territory of northern Arizona.  “Local Leadership, Global Change: Navajo Nation & Hopi Tribe,” produced... Read More

DOD to Perform First Review of Private Contracts In Over 30 Years
Defense
DOD to Perform First Review of Private Contracts In Over 30 Years
July 23, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is conducting its first fiscal research study in over 30 years to determine the efficiency and overall health of the military industry and its private contractors. The decision comes as part of a push by the DOD to utilize budgeted... Read More

Arizona Outpaces Nation In Post-COVID Private Sector Job Recovery
Economy
Arizona Outpaces Nation In Post-COVID Private Sector Job Recovery
July 21, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

According to a recently released economic report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, the state of Arizona has outpaced the nation in private sector economic recovery post-COVID. In June alone, Arizona added 26,000 private sector jobs to its economy -- a rate 17% higher than... Read More

Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
In The States
Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
July 15, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand acres of land in a devastating... Read More

Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
Employment
Explainer: Where are America’s Workers?
July 12, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

As the American economic engines churn back to life, one major hurdle stands in the way of our market renaissance - labor. Businesses, especially low wage, low skill businesses, are having a difficult time finding people to work for them.  The consequences of these shortages are... Read More

Livestock Researchers Awarded $14M from USDA
Agriculture
Livestock Researchers Awarded $14M from USDA
July 7, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $14 million in investments Wednesday to fund 31 research projects dedicated to disease prevention in agricultural livestock.  The funding comes as a part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which was established... Read More

Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
Agriculture
Record High Confidence Levels Wane for Agricultural Producers
July 7, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

An Ag Economy Barometer report published Tuesday found a 21-point decline in the confidence of food producers in the United States for June. This solidifies a second month of waning optimism from record highs set earlier in 2021, and indicates food producers are more worried about... Read More

SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
Regulation
SEC Appoints Grewal as Director of Enforcement
June 30, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general since 2018, has been appointed as the director of the Division of Enforcement.  “I’m honored and delighted to welcome Attorney General Grewal to the SEC,” Gary Gensler, SEC chair, said. “He has... Read More

House Approves Retracting 1991 Gulf War Authorization
Congress
House Approves Retracting 1991 Gulf War Authorization
June 30, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s, D-Va., bipartisan bill to repeal a pair of outdated war authorizations; one for  the 1991 Gulf War and the other a Cold War authorization regarding the Middle East. The success comes after a series of... Read More

Bipartisan Report Says Sourcing Small Businesses for Government Contracts is Step Forward
Business
Bipartisan Report Says Sourcing Small Businesses for Government Contracts is Step Forward
June 28, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The Bipartisan Policy Center, in conjunction with Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Voices and Center Forward, have published a policy report favoring measures taken by the Biden administration to support small businesses during America’s economic recovery.  The report praises the administration’s plans to support small businesses’... Read More

Washington State Airports Net $217M to Expand Operation
In The States
Washington State Airports Net $217M to Expand Operation
June 25, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Airports in Washington are receiving a combined $217 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to help maintain and expand operations.  The announcement follows the Biden administration’s springtime promise of $8 billion in funding under the American Rescue Plan to help airports across America maintain... Read More

Tom Perez Launches Bid for Maryland Governor
In The States
Tom Perez Launches Bid for Maryland Governor
June 23, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Tom Perez, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Maryland, seeking to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Perez, who served as labor secretary for then-President Barack Obama and also led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
Research
NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
June 23, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between cannabis use and increased risk of... Read More

New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
Agriculture
New USDA Grants Intended to Boost Beef and Poultry Industries
June 23, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON - The Department of Agriculture is offering $55.2 million in competitive grants to help foster healthier beef and poultry industries, while also expanding opportunities for small and midsized processors to grow. The funding follows an announcement by the USDA earlier this month that $4 billion... Read More

Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill
Congress
Spanberger Secures Commitment for $22.7M in Projects in Pending Infrastructure Bill
June 21, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured central Virginia’s spot today onlist of proposed projects areas that will be covered by the Biden administration’s proposed INVEST in America Act.  If passed, more than $22.7 million in federal resources will be dedicated to infrastructure and transportation projects in Virginia’s 7th... Read More

Future of Remaining Confederate Symbols Topic of Roundtable
In The News
Future of Remaining Confederate Symbols Topic of Roundtable
June 16, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The future of the nation’s remaining symbols of the Confederacy could be decided at an upcoming POV roundtable hosted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Facebook live event, whose date marks the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in... Read More

Kansas Receives Gold Shovel Award
Economy
Kansas Receives Gold Shovel Award
June 11, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

The state of Kansas has been awarded Area Development Magazine’s prestigious Gold Shovel award in recognition of its successful year attracting high-value business investment. Over $6 billion in new business dollars and more than 26 thousand jobs have been created within the state of Kansas since... Read More

Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
In The States
Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
June 9, 2021
by Brock Blasdell

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories in last night's gubernatorial primaries against their respective party’s political competition. Now in the last stretch of a race to the governor’s office, they face several... Read More

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