I’ve been for stringing words together as a journalist for a couple decades, and am now dividing my time between finishing my second novel, pitching my first, freelancing for Biz Tucson, and working as the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism career coach.

I’ve won awards from The Arizona Press Club, The Catholic Press Association, and The Arizona Newspaper Association. My expertise lies on the religion, education, and parenting beats and my strongest forms are the personal essay (such as this piece in Portland Magazine), and long-form feature writing.

My 200-plus publications include newspaper columns, feature writing, news reporting, and even obituaries. My work has appeared in numerous publications including the Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson Citizen, the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, National Catholic Reporter, and St. Anthony Messenger. I’ve also performed my writing in live storytelling events and I contributed to the New York Times’ reporting of the assassination attempt of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  I maintain an infrequent blog about issues of faith, life and, and poverty over here.

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, and feel free to contact me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com or reach out through LinkedIn or Twitter @rshorton.