I am Tucson-based writer with more than two decades of reporting and writing experience. I’ve won awards from The Arizona Press Club, The Catholic Press Association, and The Arizona Newspaper Association. My strongest forms are opinion columns, the personal essay (such as this piece on page 30 of Portland Magazine), and long-form narrative, such as this story on the shooting of police officer Erik Hite.
I covered the Catholic Church specifically from 1983 until 2002, with more than 600 articles and columns published in Catholic newspapers and magazines in Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Chicago, and California. Additionally, I penned a weekly column for the family section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for seven years, and a monthly column for the Dallas Morning News family section for three years. I was featured on the DMN op-ed page regularly for a number of years after the family section was discontinued.
I covered higher education for the now-defunct Tucson Citizen, winning a Content Producer of the Year award, and won an Arizona Press Club award for the blog in the state for work I did after the paper closed. I’ve performed my writing in live storytelling events and contributed to the New York Times’ reporting of the assassination attempt of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I now divide my time between freelancing, working as the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism career coach, tinkering with fiction, and blogging infrequently at Bus Stop Jesus.
If you need a professional writer or editor, please email me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com. I will return your email within 48 hours. Thanks for stopping by.