I’m an award-winning reporter, columnist and blogger drawn primarily to three beats: parenting, education, and religion, particularly the Catholic church. I sold more than 600 articles and columns to Catholic newspapers and magazines during a 15-year freelance career, penned a weekly family-life column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for seven years, and was a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News parenting section for three.

I spent two years at the now-defunct Tucson Citizen covering higher education in a wild-west state that doesn’t believe in education funding, and was used as a dive-bomb reporter on the sports desk when a local sports legend went missing from his job. I’ve been published in a variety of other venues, including the National Catholic Reporter, the Denton Record-Chronicle, the Arizona Republic and Portland Magazine, where I wrote this piece about faith and depression.

I currently mentor University of Arizona School of Journalism students as a career counselor, and my ‘You did what?!’ wisdom has beenĀ featured on Crush Your Internship. In my off-hours, I’m working on a novel, doing my best to “yes-and” during improv classes, blogging at Bus Stop Jesus, and being saved by the love of a toddler. I’ve even done a bit of live storytelling.

If you need a speaker for your event, my wheelhouse includes surviving parenthood, getting the most for your money in college, the intersection between faith, doubt and public life, and why we should all approach life as if we were 3 years old. My public talks have been called informative and funny, especially if you’re drinking a margarita. Feel free to reach out to rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com.