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Leading on the Frontlines: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Republican Governor Doug Ducey explains how Arizona is handling anti-racism protests and the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • June 22nd 2020
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Doug Ducey speaks with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux

Doug Ducey on Covid-19, Anti-Racist Protests, and the Navajo Nation

How is Arizona handling anti-racism protests and the pandemic? Republican Governor Doug Ducey speaks with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux about his support for peaceful protests, and how the state is addressing a recent spike in Covid-19 cases since businesses reopened. How are Ducey and leaders in Washington, including President Trump, addressing a major public health crisis in the Navajo Nation? The tribe’s coronavirus infection rate is the highest in the country. What led Ducey to decide to resume in-person learning at public schools for fall semester? Which leaders and experts is he looking to for guidance in prioritizing public health for his state? Ducey offers advice for young people with aspirations for public office, and shares leadership insights from both his time as CEO of Coldstone Creamery and his Rodel Fellowship with the Aspen Institute.

Ducey and Malveaux

Governor Ducey is the 23rd governor of the State of Arizona. Elected in 2014, and re-elected in 2018, Governor Ducey has applied his experience from a successful career in business to bring much-needed change to Arizona government. Under Governor Ducey’s leadership, Arizona has embraced reform and innovation and has maintained a calm and steady approach throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis. Arizona is currently focused on protecting public health and reenergizing its economy under its Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger plan.


Suzanne Malveaux is an award-winning journalist who serves as CNN’s national correspondent, covering politics, national news, international events and culture. Previously, she co-anchored CNN’s Around The World and co-anchored the network’s Emmy-winning coverage of the revolution in Egypt and the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. Suzanne has covered the White House for over 10 years as a White House correspondent and has interviewed all 5 living Presidents, and several First Ladies. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Leading on the Frontlines

Leading on the Frontlines, a new series from Aspen Ideas Now, features mayors and governors across the country in candid discussions about how they're facing tough decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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