I’m a communications specialist for Pima County and, in my smattering of free time, I also sell occasional essays or opine on life through a blog. I took a brief detour from writing for a living when I spent about four years as an academic advisor at the University of Arizona and then, briefly, Pima Community College. My work has appeared in Portland Magazine, The Tucson Citizen, the Dallas Morning News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, National Catholic Reporter, and many smaller venues. I also played a small role contributing to reporting in the New York Times of the Jan. 8, 2011 attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

I’ve won state and national awards for feature writing, commentary, news reporting and most recently, the 2009 Arizona Press Club award for “Best News Blog”. Please check out my current writing at Bus Stop Jesus or explore this site for for samples of my writing, a resume, and recommendations from those who’ve worked with me.

If you’d like to contact me regarding your writing or editing needs, click on the “Hire me” link below or write to rshorton08 (at) gmail.com. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting.

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