Kim Covington, Co-Chair AIDS Walk Arizona

Kim Covington is the Senior Director of Community Initiatives at the Arizona Community Foundation.  She works to amplify ACF’s community presence in diverse communities across the state, making ACF’s resources more accessible throughout Arizona by creating innovative and new community collaborations with existing and new partners, and expanding ACF’s networks within diverse communities.   One such example is the Because We Care Initiative. ACF is collaborating with 12 non-profits and civic organizations to end HIV. An estimated 700 learned more about the widespread epidemic at the Because We Care Forum and Resource Fair at Herberger Theatre this past spring. 

 Covington retired from TV news after 30 years in the industry to better serve her community. Most people know Covington as a former News Anchor and School Solutions Reporter for KPNX 12 News.  Along with Phoenix, Kim's career spans from Springfield, Missouri and Grand Rapids, Michigan to her hometown St. Louis, Missouri. She is the recipient of several awards including four Emmy Awards. 

Kim enjoys giving back to her community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Museum of Phoenix, Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, serves on the City of Phoenix Fast Track Initiatives Ad Hoc Committee to end HIV, serves on Sheriff Paul Penzone’s  inaugural African-American Advisory Council of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,  Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s African-American Advisory Roundtable, member of Phoenix Rotary 100, Advisory Member of Support My Club,   and has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for over 30 years. The wife and mother of two is a graduate of University of Missouri - Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the prestigious School of Journalism.

J.R. Cardenas, Co-Chair AIDS Walk Arizona

J.R. began his career at the age of 18 as a remote technician for a Spanish language radio station. Three years into his career, J.R. was the main anchor for a weekend television show, which soon became one of the most viewd amongst Hispanics in Arizona. Soon after, J.R. would make the jump to the general market. After hosting an Arizona based show, that grew rapidly covering the southwestern states, in 2015 J.R. joined 12 News as part of the morning show team. He has since transitioned to tell some great stories of the community, A+ Teachers, Made in Arizona and has become a bridge between the Hispanics and General Market.

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