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About

I write.

After leaving the newspaper biz I started writing several prose projects, including: a novel, a literary selfie of essays, and a television drama.

February, 2016 —Phoenix

A lawyer once asked me what I did for a living.
“I’m a journalist,” I said.
“So, people like you about as much as they like me,” he said.
I chuckled, “That about sums it up.”

I’m an award-winning journalist with more than 10 years’ professional experience reporting, writing, and editing for newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.

Published bylines:

People magazine, Arizona Highways magazine, Fodor’s travel publications, Random House Information Group; Random House Inc., The Arizona Republic, Knowledge@W.P.Carey, Arizona Business Gazette, YourKids Monthly, ASU Magazine, ASU Vision, The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, The Arizona Office of Tourism, East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale TribuneIn&Out of Anthem, Phoenix Business Journal, North Valley Magazine, North Central NewsScottsdale Airpark NewsGlendale Star, Peoria Times,  SanTan Sun News, Tempe Town NewsWest Valley ViewNorth Scottsdale Independent, North Phoenix Independent, Paradise Valley Independent, West Valley Life, West Express, and The State Press.

Staff reporter

Journalism start

Rebecca began her journalism career in 2000 as an editor for Arizona State University West’s campus newspaper, the West Express.  In 2001 she earned a job as a news assistant at The Arizona Republic. While on staff at the state’s largest daily newspaper, she used the news and feature articles she reported and wrote to fulfill the capstone project for a writing program minor. She graduated cum laude in May, 2002 with a B.A. in English, and a Professional Writing Certificate.

April, 2015

April, 2015 selfie w/Samsung S5 front-facing camera, glow filter

Service, membership

Rebecca is a member of:

Rebecca served on the Arizona Press Club board of directors from 2002-10. She served in several capacities, including: chairing the group’s annual awards banquet, maintaining its Website, serving as treasurer, and from 2003-10 she represented Press Club on the Arizona First Amendment Coalition board.

She worked on the 2006 conference committee for the National Federation of Press Women’s Arizona chapter: Arizona Professional Writers (formerly known as Arizona Press Women). She also served as APW’s website editor, and its newsletter editor from 2005-2007.

Honors

Rebecca earned several Arizona Press Club awards, including, first place for politics/government reporting, and first place for news reporting. Judges also recognized her with awards for short-form writing, personality profile, news reporting, and education reporting. The 90-year-old club’s annual awards competition is judged by noted professional journalists who work outside Arizona, including Pulitzer Prize winners, nominees, and jurists.

The National Federation of Press Women honored Rebecca’s feature writing in 2006. She’s also earned several first-place awards for news reporting, continuing coverage, and feature writing in annual communications contests for Arizona Professional Writers, and the Arizona Newspapers Association.

June, 2016, Phoenix

L’il bit more

Rebecca lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their daughter. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, good TV, traveling, and photography.