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14+ years as staff journalist, freelance, and writer. Current projects: general fiction novel, and a TV drama. These articles are a sample of my bylines. Contact me for clips, resume, and references

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Arizona Republic

The New Pup in Class

Students at Horizon High School got a new classmate this week, but no matter how cute she is, there is no petting the pup in the purple backpack. She's on duty.

April, 2006

Arizona Republic

Lessons of the heart: Refugees latest to benefit from school's kindness

Several teens clad in school uniforms climb the stairs to the second floor of a worn apartment building in west Phoenix carrying toys, lip gloss, and bubble gum.
They are met by smiling children who jump up and down and wave their arms. The students hug the children of the Hussein family, whom their class has adopted for the school year.

"It wouldn't matter to them if we brought them nothing," said Rose Mischke, a teacher, softball coach and founder of the St. Jerome School adopt-a-family program. "All they want is us."

Feb. 2006

Arizona Republic

New Look for Metrocenter

Phoenix mall getting extreme makeover inside and out

May, 2006

Arizona Republic

PV Mall Thriving Amid Changes

Despite neighbors' complaints about the area's decline to "discount and drive-through," Paradise Valley Mall owner Westcor said the mall is thriving with 88 percent occupancy, new retailers moving in and other retailers' planning to remodel.

May, 2006

Arizona Republic

New firehouse 'infill' site OK'd

A new Phoenix firehouse will mark the first of the city's "infill stations" approved by voters in 2001. Construction of Fire Station
60 could begin as early as December on 2.5 acres of now-vacant land on Townley Avenue, one block south of Dunlap Avenue,
between 23rd Avenue and Interstate 17. The city razed two homes on the land, sandwiched between an existing office park
and a planned townhome development, after it was purchased earlier this year.

Oct. 21, 2006

Arizona Republic

Free physicals for teen athletes can save lives

Two years ago, 17-year-old Doug McWhorter stopped by Sunnyslope High School for a free physical on his way to a championship baseball game. He never made it to the
dugout.
Doctors sidelined the three-sport varsity athlete after diagnosing him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic abnormality that can cause sudden death in athletes.
"The doctors said they were surprised I hadn't died yet," McWhorter said.

April, 2006

Arizona Republic

Shortcut to school improved

Sixth-grader Ubania Villalpando used to crawl under a fence, walk through a drainage ditch and jump over a wall to take a shortcut to school in northeast Phoenix.

"It was really horrible," Villalpando said. "I really didn't like to pass that way at all, but I had to pass it."

Dec., 2006

Arizona Republic

Festive tradition revived at GCU

Grand Canyon University revived a half-century-long tradition this week with its once-again-annual Hanging of the Greens.

Dec. 2006

Arizona Republic

Hurdles may sink project

The potential for Indian artifacts and limited water supply could get in the way of 75 custom homes planned on the Hedgepeth Hills in northwest Phoenix.
The proposal calls for the 75 homes to be built on 139 acres of hillside at the 47th Avenue alignment just north of Loop 101. But the site shares a property line with the Deer
Valley Rock Art Center, home to thousands of Native American petroglyphs.

Nov. 2006

Arizona Republic

Freeway Upgrades Applauded

Anthem welcomes I-17 accelerated roadway projects

Dec., 2006

Arizona Republic

Reaching the Asian-American community

Asian Pacific Community in Action, a grass-roots organization, is fighting health disparities among the Valley's Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

The group has partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services and medical professionals to break through language and cultural barriers and get vital health care to the communities.

Jan. 2006

Arizona Republic

Airport's Manager Has Plans

Gary Mascaro has yet to learn to fly a plane but he has turned his longtime aviation passion into a
full-time career.

Dec. 2005

Arizona Republic

Writers Club Builds 'Wall'

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Phoenix Writers' Club, 10 authors took turns writing one chapter apiece in a children's book. Each writer would pick up where the other left off, with no one quite knowing how the story would end.
Their combined efforts created the book, The Wall, which chronicles the adventures of 9-year-old Belinda after she kisses a wall that had always encircled her world and it suddenly disappears.

March, 2006

Arizona Republic

Turf Paradise Marketplace to have big Wal-Mart, Sam's Club

for Arizona Business Gazette
June 8, 2006

More than 330,000 square feet of retail coming 80 acres at Third Street and Bell Road in Phoenix.

Arizona Republic

Helping a worthy family: Volunteers makeover a Phoenix home

Forty men descended on Jean Gonzales' home in south Phoenix and changed her family's life

Feb. 3, 2006