I received my master of arts in journalism from the University of Arizona on Friday, May 11, 2018. I was hooded by my mentor and master’s committee chair Celeste González de Bustamante at the Fox Theater in downtown Tucson, Arizona.
There’s a battle ship on the University of Arizona mall.
A new memorial to the USS Arizona was dedicated at the UA on Sunday, Dec. 4 after several months of hurried construction. The memorial, which marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is unlike any other memorial. Fortunately, I had was assigned to cover this much-anticipated addition to my campus for the Arizona Daily Star. I had a special interest because my own grandfather served in the Pacific theater during WWII.
I was incredibly pleased with the feedback I received on the story but after a day or so, I started looking forward to my next assignment. However, several days later I received an email from the host of The Not Old, Better Show, a successful podcast out of Washington D.C., looking to interview me about my story and the new monument.
I have embedded the podcast for those of you who are interested in listening. It was a wonderful experience and I had a great time! Thanks again to Paul Vogelzang for having me on your show!
Finally, the Tucson Weekly’s ‘Best of Tucson’ cover story is here! I had the opportunity to freelance for the Weekly and contribute to this annual story. Check out the best spots in Tucson for pretty much everything here.
Last week I had the opportunity to report on the blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibit coming to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The whole garden has been transformed to reflect the natural world that inspired Kahlo’s work. Read about it here in my cover story for Caliente, the Arizona Daily Star’s entertainment and arts section.
Winding Road Theater, a small Tucson company, is putting on an all-woman production of Julius Caesar. As Julius Caesar is one of my all-time favorite plays, it was wonderful to report on this innovative portrayal of a classic tragedy. The play will be set in a modern Washington D.C. campaign headquarters. Learn more in my preview of the show for the Arizona Daily Star. (Click here)
Check out my first story for my apprenticeship at the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson’s only daily newspaper! According to my editors, I am the first and only apprentice to make the front page on the first try. I have to admit, I am very excited!