I'm happy to say that I am now the database reporter on the investigative team at the Arizona Daily Star. I began work for the newspaper a year ago as the real estate and retail reporter, but I now work on projects on a variety of subjects. I feel lucky to have transitioned to a full-time reporting position after almost three years of freelancing.
I reached a milestone in my freelance career a couple of years ago. My reporting appeared for the first time in The New York Times as part of the coverage of the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shootings in Tucson. I contributed to stories about the medical condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, the Loughner family, vitriol in Arizona politics and the town halls congressmen held in response. My first byline came in a story about Tucson's recovery. I also helped to cover one-year anniversary events.
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