Welcome

I am a freelance writer and part-time internship coordinator and life coach for 400+ students at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. When not doing those two things, I’m seeking representation for my first novel.  I spent nearly two decades as a journalist and newspaper columnist, winning writing and reporting awards 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 for a decade. 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 few years on my blog, Bus Stop Jesus. More recent writing has appeared in Portland Magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, Biz Tucson and at 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 as well, 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

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