Lauren Wise: Founder of Midnight Publishing

Lauren Wise, founder of Midnight Publishing, photographed at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Lauren Wise, founder of Midnight Publishing, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

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Lauren Wise is a writing and editing machine, as a freelance writer for publications around the country, and as founder of her own Midnight Publishing, which provides editing, self-publishing and ghostwriting services for authors and businesses. The 30-year-old Tempe resident has helped edit more than 30 books, aiming to create industry experts with the power of the pen.

Wise is also a huge heavy metal fan and works with HeavyMetalTelevision.com as a host and┬árecord label contact. She shared why she’s passionate about writing and helping others hone their skills, as well as shared her most memorable moments as a journalist. You can also watch her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

I moved here when I was 15 and went to Saguaro High School before attending ASU and getting my degree in journalism. My parents relocated, so I had to go with them. I was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, a little bit out of Chicago.

I spent my childhood all over South Florida and my early teenage years in Kansas. My dad designs golf courses, so that is why we moved so often — you go where the work is. Arizona is a perfect place for that, and the projects here he worked on include Grayhawk, Mirabel, Estancia and Whisper Rock. Continue reading

Ron Hoon: FOX 10 Morning Show Anchor, Community Activist

Ron Hoon, anchor for the Phoenix FOX 10 Morning Show, photographed at the FOX 10 Studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Ron Hoon, anchor for the FOX 10 Morning Show, photographed at the FOX 10 Studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

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Ron Hoon is one of the most prominent Valley media figures, having been on local airwaves on FOX 10 for the past 31 years. The 56-year-old Mesa resident is currently the morning show anchor, where you can watch him Monday through Friday from 4:30-10 a.m., telling Valley viewers about national and local news trends while interviewing world and local stand-outs — all while keeping his cool under the lights during the live show. Read on for where his passion comes from, and keep scrolling for a video of five of his favorite things about living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

When I was in about 6th grade living in Wenatchee, Washington, the apple capital of the work, my very first job was picking apples. I was listening to a broadcast of the Seattle Supersonics one cold, miserable day up there, and the announcer was talking about what a beautiful day it was in Phoenix, since the Supersonics were playing the (Phoenix) Suns. He was talking about being in shirtsleeves all day and how they went out golfing and how it was so beautiful. That planted the seed.

I was born in Washington, went to high school there, and then went to University of Washington to study broadcasting, journalism and business. I got a job at the ABC station in Spokane anchoring the news, and after a couple years, I decided to see what was out there. My wife and I loaded up our little Toyota station wagon with a bunch of videotapes and no air conditioner and drove around the West. We drove to Denver, L.A. and Phoenix, and we really had a connection with this city and this station. I was about 25 years old when I moved here.

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Sadie Such: Owner of Sadie Such Photography and Films

Sadie Such
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Sadie Such has been able to combine two of her biggest passions — photography/videography and helping people — with a really cool layer: traveling around the globe. The 23-year-old Phoenix resident, who has owned Sadie Such Photography and Films for the past 3 years, also goes on volunteer mission trips to places such as Central America and West Africa. Such, who has a degree in film production from the Film School at Scottsdale Community College (and played tennis there), has worked with organizations including PhotogenX to document social injustice around the globe, as well as teach photography and video skills. She’ll be headed to Zambia in June and has ideas for films of her own, and she talked about what drives her passion. Keep reading to hear five reasons why Such loves living in the Valley, too.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born and raised in Phoenix. Probably about 4 years ago, I started traveling internationally and living in different states, but I always ended up back here because my family is here. Continue reading

Beth Duckett: ‘The Arizona Republic’/azcentral.com Reporter

Beth Duckett, reporter for 'The Arizona Republic' and azcentral.com, photographed at Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Beth Duckett, reporter for ‘The Arizona Republic’ and azcentral.com, photographed at Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Beth Duckett
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Curious about something going on in Scottsdale? Beth Duckett probably knows all about it. The Scottsdale Community Watchdog Reporter for The Arizona Republic has covered a variety of topics, ranging from city politics to community events. Whether she’s keeping an eye on what’s going on in town or working on deadline to deliver accurate news to readers, she says she gets a rush out of reporting on breaking news that matters to her peers. Read on for her stand-out moments as a reporter, as well as to hear five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I basically grew up in Maryland in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where I graduated from high school. After that, my family moved to Arizona for a job, and I tagged along partly out of curiosity but mostly for the new opportunity, plus I had heard about the top-notch journalism schools here. After a brief stint at University of Arizona, I transferred to Arizona State and graduated in 2006. Continue reading