The Chris and Joe Show

The Chris and Joe Show is a smart, fun and locally focused show where we want to explore why things are happening and why we feel the way we do about them.

Chris Merrill

Chris Merrill is one half of The Chris and Joe Show. Chris is a Michigan native who first came to Arizona in 2002 for a girl. Now, 22 years later, Chris, and the girl, now his wife, are back in the Valley. Chris is a 25-year radio veteran with stints in Kansas City, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and, of course, Phoenix. He’s committed to smart and fun radio and shies away from rote left vs right topics. When he’s not enjoying the blistering heat of Arizona you’ll catch him suffering through the mild summers with his family in Northern Michigan.

Joe Huizenga

Joe Huizenga is the other half of The Chris and Joe Show and KTAR News’ Assistant Program Director. He joined KTAR in 2008. Some of the issues he’s most passionate about include public safety, border security, housing and the economy. How they all come together and play out in the Valley fascinates and inspires him daily. He graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2004 with his B.A. in Broadcasting. Joe has a passion for learning about what interests you. When he’s not thinking about what’s coming up on the show he loves listening to podcasts, he’s completed two marathons, loves his cat (Kelly Papowski) and visiting his family in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton announced the $1.75 million that will support two water infrastructure...

Serena O'Sullivan

Mesa announces $1.75 million federal investment in 2 water infrastructure projects

The federal government allocated almost $2 million to support Mesa water services, Rep. Greg Stanton announced during a Monday press event.

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A 3-year-old girl reportedly died after being pulled from a pool Tuesday afternoon at a north Phoen...


5-year-old boy in critical condition after being found in Phoenix pool

A five-year-old boy is in critical condition after a drowning incident in an apartment pool in Phoenix on Monday evening, authorities said.

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Several hundred students and pro-Palestinian supporters rally at the intersection of Grove and Coll...

Associated Press

Pro-Palestinian protests sweep US college campuses following mass arrests at Columbia

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia canceled in-person classes, dozens of protesters were arrested at Yale and the gates to Harvard Yard were closed to the public on Monday as some of the most prestigious U.S. universities sought to diffuse campus tensions over Israel’s war with Hamas. The various actions followed the arrest last week of […]

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Ban on sleeping outdoors under consideration in Supreme Court...

Associated Press

With homelessness on the rise, the Supreme Court weighs bans on sleeping outdoors

The Supreme Court is wrestling with major questions about the growing issue of homelessness as it considers a ban on sleeping outdoors.

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Video: Why those experiencing homelessness shouldn’t be criminally charged in Arizona

Why those experiencing homelessness shouldn’t be criminally charged in Arizona. Bruce St. James and Steve Goldstein discuss a new law in Oregon. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News Subscribe to the KTAR Daily Newsletter: https://bit.ly/45MmM3G Read articles from KTAR News: https://ktar.com/ Download the KTAR app: https://ktar.com/the-ktar-newstalk-app/ Sign up for texts from KTAR: https://bit.ly/3EoCmGV Listen […]

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Arizona judge declares mistrial in case of rancher who shot migrant...

Associated Press

Arizona judge declares mistrial in the case of a rancher accused of fatally shooting a migrant

An Arizona judge declared a mistrial in the case of rancher accused of killing a Mexican man on his property near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Chris Merrill and Joe Huizenga bios