I divide my time between freelance writing gigs, providing internship and career advice to 400+ students at the University of Arizona School of Journalism and working on a novel.
I spent 15 years as a journalist and newspaper columnist, producing award-winning reporting in the areas of education, parenting, religion, and food. Most of my news reporting was at the now-defunct Tucson Citizen, but my lifestyle and family life columns were published in the Dallas Morning News and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette during the late-80s and early 90s, and I had a regular column on faith and life in the Texas Catholic through 2002. I played a small role contributing to reporting in the New York Times of the Jan. 8, 2011 attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and blogged for a number of years at Bus Stop Jesus. More recent writing has appeared in Portland Magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, Biz Tucson and in local live storytelling events.
In life after newspapers, I became a university academic advisor and have presented at regional and national conferences on the subject of effective advising and career counseling. I’ve won local and national awards for that work, and you can hear some of what I do in this December 2015 episode of the Crush Your Internship podcast with host Alan Beaudrie.
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to contact me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com or reach out through LinkedIn or Twitter @rshorton