I’m a part-time writer and part-time internship coordinator of the University of Arizona School of Journalism. I spent 20 years as a journalist and newspaper columnist, reporting in the areas of education, parenting, religion and food. I’ve won state and national awards for feature writing, commentary and news reporting. After The Tucson Citizen was closed during the Great Gannett Reaping of 2008-09, I continued reporting on higher education on my blog and earned the Arizona Press Club’s Best News Blog award in May 2009.
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 more recent reporting or commentary has appeared in Portland Magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, my blog (Bus Stop Jesus), the NACADA Region 10 Newsletter and in local live storytelling events. I played a small role contributing to reporting in the New York Times of the Jan. 8, 2011 attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Most of my writing time now is consumed with finishing up my first novel.
In life after newspapers, I became an 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 offer private career and academic advising to college-aged students and recent graduates (ages 22 – 26) to help them navigate academic and career choices.
The tabs above link to examples of my work, recommendations from colleagues and, under “Coaching/Editing rates,” you’ll find a few testimonials from writers I’ve helped. I’m available for private coaching for writing projects, as well as individual coaching in academics and career. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to contact me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com.