News Stories

Here are stories done while I was an intern at The Arizona Republic in the Fall of 2013 (continuing into Spring 2014 after I graduated) with Chandler, Tempe and Ahwatukee editor Lee Shappell:

This article was on ASU participating in EcoCar 3, a national competition funded partly by the U.S. Department of Energy to make a Chevy Camaro energy efficient:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/07/05/asu-ecocar-alternate-fuel/12261935/

This article was on ASU’s grand opening of two solar panel structures at the Tempe campus:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/23/asu-solar-panels/9499973/

This article was a business spotlight feature on an Ahwatukee business teaching STEM by partnering with Primavera’s Blended Learning Center:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/23/arizonas-first-engineering-for-kids-owner-seeks-campers/9477969/

This article was a business spotlight feature on a local Mesa business that sells international toys:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2014/05/23/mesa-toy-business-lulubell-toy-bodega-unique-toys-artwork/9494017/

This article was a feature about Big Surf Waterpark celebrating its 45th season in Tempe:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/15/big-surf-waterpark-tempe-arizona/2151350/

This article was on online mattress business Tuft and Needle coming to Tempe:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/16/tuft-and-needle-sells-transparency-in-mattress-business/9177329/

This article was on CarCharging Group potentially taking over the federal government’s EV Project since ECOtality went bankrupt Oct. 2013:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/04/phoenix-electric-vehicle-chargers-remain/8709287/

This article was on the Tempe Police Department hiring new recruits:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/05/05/applicants-tempe-police-department/8721423/

This article was on The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Military Scholars:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/04/30/scholars-carry-legacy-pat-tillman/8512147/

This small feature for AZcentral’s “AZ” tablet magazine was on The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Military Scholars:

Cover of "AZ" with link to Tillman Scholars feature.

Cover of “AZ” with link to Tillman Scholars feature.

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Published in “AZ”, first button.

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Published in “AZ”, second button.

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Published in “AZ”, third button.

This article was about a local juicer partnering with the world’s first food bank:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/04/08/sun-orchard-freezes-food-banks-grapefruit-spirit/7472739/

This article was on a blind 4th grader who received a bike from non-profit Team Asa to compete in his school’s triathlon program:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/04/08/blind-student-gets-surprise-second-bike-triathlon/7470565/

This article was on a coach saying that youth triathlon is important for the growth of collegiate-level triathlon teams:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/04/08/youth-key-college-triathlons-growth-coach-says/7472401/

This article was about Tempe non-profit Daddy Read a Book participating in a Fast Pitch competition for thousands of dollars:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140228tempe-non-profit-making-fast-pitch-funding-competition.html?nclick_check=1

This article was on a high school’s journalism program going completely digital:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made center piece story.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/20140213mountain-pointe-high-journalists-go-paperless-voice-of-the-pride.html

This article was on Tempe’s Emergency Response Dive team, one of three in Valley:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140124tempe-dive-team-dangerous-work.html

This article was on Valley Metro’s buses changing their voice:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made centerpiece story.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140115valley-transit-messages-software-new-voice.html

This article was on an artist painting a huge American flag in Tempe:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic. See photos on Photography/Multimedia tab.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140123tempe-911-exhibit-artist-creates-huge-us-flag.html This article was on a local pastor and his plans for MLK Day:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140117tempe-pastor-mlk-tossed-salad-society.html

This article was on Team Asa’s 3rd annual Polar Bear Plunge in the desert for special needs programs:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website:   http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131230tempe-polar-bear-plunge-aids-people-needs.html

This article was on the Tempe Chamber of Commerce pushing for immigration reform:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made Centerpiece story.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Continued on next page.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20140104tempe-chamber-commerce-hopes-immigration-reform.html

This article was on Tempe bringing back its New Years Block Party:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Cover of Valley & State B section.

Published in The Arizona Republic. Cover of Valley & State B section.

Continued on next page.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131231tempe-new-years-eve-block-party-roars-back.html

This article was on Tempe’s 2013 year in review, which was collaborated from my stories and others:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

This article was on Tempe changing road closure fees:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made Centerpiece story.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Continued on next page.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131107tempe-lowers-some-road-closure-fees.html

This article was on Healthways, a fitness and health company, spending $30,000 for local charities:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/20131214chandler-healthways-employees-spree-benefits-charities.html

This article was on a Chandler couple creating comic books for kids and parents on health and safety issues:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Continued on the next page.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/20131213comic-books-teach-kids-lessons-health-safety.html

This article was on Tempe using local musicians for their on-hold messaging system:

Published on The Arizona Republic.

Published on The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131204tempe-gives-musicians-exposure.html

This article was on two Chandler sisters and their national tour sponsored by Jeep to live the American Dream:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/20131127chandler-jeep-girls-hill-sisters-tour-america.html

This article was on an Ahwatukee preschool and its legacy after 33 years in the community:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/20131113ahwatukee-preschool-retains-its-values.html?nclick_check=1

This article was on two ASU students running a multi-million dollar digital marketing firm:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made centerpiece.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131023young-leaders-tech-firm-rising.html

This article was about triathlon and cycling coach Joe Friel headlining a pre-Ironman Arizona extravaganza:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131113tempe-triathlon-famed-coach-joe-friel.html

This article was about Livability.com ranking Tempe 43rd in the nation for best cities to live:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Made the centerpiece story.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131109tempe-rated-43rd-best-us-small-cities.html

This article was about a couple of ASU’s comedy clubs performing together for the first time at Tempe Improv:

Published in The Arizona Republic. Top of the Valley & State section.

Published in The Arizona Republic. Top of the Valley & State section.

This article was about Tempe Yarn & Fiber needing more knitters to create Knitted Knockers for breast cancer victims and how they’re expanding to Gilbert:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20131012tempe-yarn-fiber-has-plan-expansion.html

This article was about the Tempe Urban Garden growing a Residence Inn by Marriott:

Published in The Arizona Republic. My photo made centerpiece too.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20130918tempe-residence-inn-rises-spot-urban-garden.html

This article was about the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation and its Courage Awards:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website here: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20130921tempe-sports-foundation-keep-courage-awards.html

This article was about the Tempe City Council approving a contractor for a steel gate dam:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

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In B2 section, Valley and State.

Published online here: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20130920tempe-approves-12-million-contract-town-lake-gate.html?nclick_check=1

 

Here is a freelance story I did for the State Press Magazine as part of Terry Greene-Sterling’s Magazine Writing class. Also has sidebar:

Story was entered by Dean Gilger in the Hearst Journalism Award - Enterprise category. Placed 28 out of a record 110 participants.

Story was entered by Dean Gilger in the Hearst Journalism Award – Enterprise category. Placed 28 out of a record 110 participants.

Published on website: http://www.statepress.com/2013/12/09/the-secrets-of-tempe-town-lake/ Rick 5 Sidebar link: http://www.statepress.com/2013/12/09/a-romp-in-the-lake/

 

Here are stories done while I was an intern at the East Valley Tribune in the Summer of 2013 with Managing Editor Brett Fera:

This article was about Valley business owners questioning the practice of locked cellphones:

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

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Published online here: http://eastvalleytribune.com/money/article_753b2ec8-226a-11e3-b91e-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was about a service called Phoenix Prelist that protects home buyers from bidding wars:

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

Published online here: http://eastvalleytribune.com/money/real_estate/article_fcd95836-1a87-11e3-be12-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was about the franchise Orangetheory Fitness and it’s expansion into the East Valley:

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/money/article_e36bc220-0f7a-11e3-b9a1-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was about Stephanie Payne competing in the “World’s Biggest Rodeo”:

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/chandler/article_0261ea82-048c-11e3-88a4-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was about the Chandler Ostrich festival gaining more national attention through Snapple:

Published in East Valley Tribune.

Published in East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website here: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/chandler/article_c34825fa-015c-11e3-b2a8-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was a feature on the United Food Bank’s Backpack program for donating food to at-risk children:

Published in East valley Tribune.

Published in East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website here: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/health/article_cdfb07f6-ff0e-11e2-824a-001a4bcf887a.html

This article was informing readers that the Chandler National Little League South Majors were headed to the Regional playoffs and potentially the Little League World Series:

Published in East Valley Tribune.

Published in East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/chandler/article_082a3ea4-f97b-11e2-9e94-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was on Microsoft’s decision to allow pre-owned games on the Xbox One and Valley businesses feelings about it:

Published in the East valley Tribune.

Published in the East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/money/article_ee114ce4-f65d-11e2-8904-001a4bcf887a.html

This article was for the paper’s Back to School section on online schooling and blended learning:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/back_to_school/article_f9927ecc-fd5a-11e2-9866-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was to promote a Project Connect event by the United Way in Tempe:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/tempe/article_1f4205e4-eb62-11e2-b04e-0019bb2963f4.html

This article was about a 4th of July event in Chandler being scaled down due to lack of funds:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/chandler/article_abd0db8c-e385-11e2-af5f-001a4bcf887a.html

This article was about Grand Canyon University’s possible expansion to a location east of their main Phoenix campus:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/education/article_bd395110-d87c-11e2-a2a0-001a4bcf887a.html

This article was about the 2013 Miss Arizona winner and her path to competing in the Miss America competition later:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

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This article was to promote the Miss Arizona beauty pageant prior to the event itself, by hearing from the previous Miss Arizona:

Published on website.

Published on East Valley Tribune website.

Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/gilbert/article_991b89c6-d947-11e2-99eb-001a4bcf887a.html

This article was about a local restaurant fundraising for a 2-year-old cancer survivor:

Published on East Valley Tribune.

Published on East Valley Tribune.

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Published on website: http://eastvalleytribune.com/local/mesa/article_5bef301e-cd7d-11e2-bb91-0019bb2963f4.html

Here are some stories done in my Spring 2013 JMC 494 Reporting on Business and the Economy class at ASU taught by Andrew Leckey:

This article was about ECOtality North America’s Electric Vehicle Chargers in Tempe and how little revenue they were generating:

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on USA Today’s website: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/USCP/PNI/Business/2013-05-13-PNI0513biz-tr-ecotality_ST_U.htm

This article was about The Arizona Office of Tourism’s Arizodiac ad campaign that ran two-months, aiming to bring more tourism to Arizona:

Published in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Published in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Published on website: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/print-edition/2013/03/15/snowbirds-showing-interest-in-states.html

This article was about the 4th annual Arbor Day 5k being hosted in Tempe as a means to fundraise for the Trees for Tempe program.

Published on AZcentral's site.

Published on AZcentral’s site.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20130425tempe-town-lake-arbor-day-5k-run-friday.html

This article was a profile about a Phoenix actress named Victoria Paege and how she goes about her career even though she doesn’t live in Los Angeles:

Published by BusinessJournalism.org

Published by BusinessJournalism.org

Published on website here: http://reporting.bizjournalism.org/?author=19

Here are some stories done in my Fall 2012 JMC301 class at ASU, taught by Louie Villalobos:

This profile is about Armando Tielve, a Cuban immigrant who traveled across the ocean to the U.S. during the reign of Fidel Castro:

Published in The Tempe Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20121123tempe-walmart-worker-made-risky-escape-from-cuba.html?nclick_check=1

This was coverage of a Library Advisory Board Meeting on Sept. 5, 2012 where they discussed the future of the library as it pertains to technology, volunteers, and the bookstore: Click here to view story.

This was an article about Professional Triathlete Kristi Johnson and her battle with cancer as well as her plans for the 2013 season:

Published in the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

Published in the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

Continuation of story.

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Published on website: http://www.ahwatukee.com/community_focus/article_db286752-4c85-11e2-98e9-001a4bcf887a.html

This was coverage of a speech made by former NYPD Officer Joseph Lutrario at Healing Field memorial event on Sept. 11, 2012. Lutrario discussed his involvement as a first responder at the World Trade Center and what it means 10 years later: Click here to view story.

This was an article of the District 17 election where Democrat Karyn Lathan opposed Republican incumbents Tom Forese and “J.D.” Mesnard: Click here to view story.

This was coverage of the John P. Morris Black Law Students Association hosting the 13th annual John P. Morris Lecture on Nov. 13, 2012. Phoenix attorney Lonnie Williams Jr. discussed “What is your personal responsibility in addressing the challenges of diversity in our multicultural society?”: Click here to view story.

This was coverage I did with as a collaberative effort with other students during election night for the 2012 Presidential race.

Story published on AZcentral.

Story published on AZcentral’s website.

Published on website: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/articles/20121106asu-students-watch-election-results-roll.html

This was coverage of a sentencing on Oct. 24, 2012 at the Maricopa County Superior Court. Phoenix resident Ida Louise Gomez, 32, was sentenced to 1.75 years in the Department of Corrections for an assault over 10 dollars. Click here to view story.

This was coverage of a sentencing on Oct. 24, 2012 at the Maricopa County Superior Court. Vincent Nitura was sentenced to 4 years of prison for three counts of armed-robbery and one of the other “Fast Food Bandits”, Christopher Kimball, had their sentencing delayed.

Published in The Tempe Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

This was an article about the Run from the Cops 5k race that was being held Dec. 1, 2012 for the Tempe Police Foundation.

Published in The Tempe Republic.

Published in The Arizona Republic.

This article is about a Sex Offender Notification Program that Tempe Police Department released to the public to aid in safety: Click here to view story.

Here are some stories done in my Spring 2011 JMC201 class at MCC, taught by Jack Mullins:

This article was about Susanne Arnold and Dana Burton’s business of selling their hot dogs at Mesa Community College.

Published in the Mesa Legend.

Published in the Mesa Legend.

Published on website: http://www.mesalegend.com/manager-turned-hot-dog-purveyor-battles-student-hunger-1.2459501

This article was about MCC student and faculty’s perception of the Shake Weight and whether it is an investment for college students as a quick way to exercise: Click here to view story.

This article was about the perception of alien life and its existence according to MCC faculty and college students from other schools: Click here to view story.

This article was about why students use the website RateMyProfessor.com and what teachers think about their ratings and how the site is used: Click here to view story.

This article was about the sleep culture on campus and suggestions to improve sleep: Click here to view story.

This article was about the reasoning behind students choosing their major area of study and how they can go about doing that at MCC: Click here to view story.

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