I’m a featured columnist for the opinion page of the Arizona Daily Star, writing a column every other week from a center-right perspective on many issues and a center-left on others. Makes me pretty much a centrist, which drives our black-versus-white world just a little bit crazy. I’m also a university career counselor and internship coordinator, an outdoor enthusiast and resident Catholicism expert. When time allows, I also blog at Renee Wrote This, am finishing my first novel, and am pretty active on Instagram here.
I got my feet wet as a K-12 reporter in Texas before launching a freelance career as a family life columnist. That column ran in various papers for a dozen years, including the Dallas Morning News and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Additionally, I sold more than 100 articles to various Catholic publications during that time, including to The National Catholic Reporter and Saint Anthony Messenger, and was an op-ed columnist for a variety of Catholic newspapers from 1992 to 2003, selling more than 300 columns.
In 2007, I was hired by the now-defunct Tucson Citizen as its higher education reporter. When not dogging the Board of Regents, I was a dive-bomb reporter on the sports desk wrote the obituary of a former crime boss and got to interview Gloria Steinem before being assigned to cover the closure of my own paper. The blog I started in the dust of the paper’s demise – God Blogging and More – won Best News Blog in the 2009 Arizona Press Clubs awards.
I’ve been published in a variety of other venues, including an essay on faith and depression in Portland Magazine, have done live storytelling about cake saving the day and people saving each other, was featured on the Crush Your Internship podcast, and have been interviewed about the Catholic Church on Wake Up Tucson. My past life as a former journalist includes the term “award-winning.“
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