I am the internship coordinator of the University of Arizona School of Journalism (hire our students!) and a former journalist and newspaper columnist now delving into writing a novel. For more than 20 years, people paid me to string sentences together in a way that made readers smile, cry or consider a different opinion. 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, NCR Today, The Tucson Citizen or on my occasionally updated blog. 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 have dipped my toes into live storytelling.
I’ve won state and national awards for feature writing, commentary, news reporting, and the 2009 Arizona Press Club award for “Best News Blog.” The tabs above link to examples of my work, work history and recommendations from colleagues. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to contact me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com.