Kendal Blust

Assistant Professor of Practice, Journalism

Kendal Blust (she/her) is an assistant professor of practice in the School of Journalism and a longtime reporter in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. Before joining the University of Arizona in August, she spent five years as a reporter with Phoenix NPR member station KJZZ at the Fronteras Desk bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. Blust covered a wide range of stories from northern Mexico, including cross-border business and trade, immigration, education, women's movements, and the environment. She also worked for Nogales International, an award-winning community newspaper covering local news in Ambos Nogales and throughout Santa Cruz County. Blust’s work in print and radio has received numerous awards and has appeared on national and international platforms including NPR, The World, and the BBC.  She is from Tucson and received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona in 2016.