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KJZZ Reporters Describe Scene Inside, Outside Trump's Phoenix Rally

A man recovers from pepper spray deployed in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night.
(Photo by Jackie Hai - KJZZ)
A man recovers from pepper spray deployed in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night.

Phoenix was in the center of the national spotlight Tuesday night as President Donald Trump rallied his supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center and thousands of protesters gathered outside, voicing their opposition to Trump and his agenda.

That mostly-peaceful protest turned violent at the end of the night as police fired flash grenades and threw pepper balls to disperse the crowd.

Inside the convention center, President Trump was in campaign mode, rallying his crowd of supporters around some of his staple issues — building a border wall, repealing Obamacare and going after Arizona’s two sitting senators.

KJZZ reporters Mariana Dale, who was inside with the crowd, and Casey Kuhn, who was outside amidst the thousands of protesters, described what it was like on the ground at the rally.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.