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New Arizona State Climatologist Begins With Focus On Drought

Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Erinanne Saffell, who has a doctorate in geography, as the new State Climatologist to replace the retiring Nancy Selover.

Saffell has many ties to Arizona. She was born and raised in Phoenix, and she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University.

She is currently the head of Mesa Community College’s geography program and a senior lecturer at ASU. The State Climate Office is a unit of ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

She is also the co-chair of the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee.

Saffell is the sixth state climatologist for Arizona. She told ASU News that one of her first priorities will be addressing the ongoing drought.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.