I’m a former award-winning journalist and columnist now mentoring student journalists as a career counselor, working on a novel, and blogging inconsistently. I’m deeply curious about many things, but have focused primarily on family relationships, parenting, education, politics and faith in my writing.
I sold more than 600 articles and columns to the Catholic press during a 15-year freelance career, was a monthly contributor to the Dallas Morning News parenting section for three years in the early ’90s, and penned a weekly family-life column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for seven years before joining a daily newsroom at the now-defunct Tucson Citizen. There, I covered higher education in a wild-west state that doesn’t believe in education funding, was used as a dive-bomb reporter on the sports desk when a local sports legend stopped showing up to work, and wrote the obituary of a former crime boss, among many other things. When the Citizen closed in 2009, I returned to sporadic freelancing and blogged for a few years at Bus Stop Jesus.
I’ve been published in a variety of venues as a freelancer, including the Arizona Daily Star, the National Catholic Reporter, the Arizona Republic, BizTucson, and Portland Magazine, which published my essay about faith and depression. My ‘You did what?!’ wisdom has been featured on the Crush Your Internship podcast and in my off-hours, I’ve even done a bit of live storytelling.
If you need a speaker for your event, my wheelhouse includes family relationships parenting, higher education advocacy, mental illness, and the intersection between faith and public life. 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.