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

Ryan Winslett: Reporter at ‘The Fountain Hills Times,’ Writer for BitCreature.com, GamingBlend.com

Ryan Winslett, reporter at 'The Fountain Hills Times' and writer for Bitcreature.com and Gamingblend.com, photographed at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, by Nicki Escudero

Ryan Winslett, reporter at ‘The Fountain Hills Times’ and writer for Bitcreature.com and Gamingblend.com, photographed at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, by Nicki Escudero

Ryan Winslett
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It’s sort of weird for Fountain Hills resident Ryan Winslett, 30, to be interviewed. Since he was a little kid, Winslett has always had a passion for telling stories, which has translated into a journalism career that’s made him schools and sports reporter for The Fountain Hills Times. Winslett is also a dedicated video game player and has worked that fervor for gaming into writing gigs for www.bitcreature.com and www.gamingblend.com. Read on for what it’s like living in Fountain Hills and how his life as a reporter has shaped him, as well as hear five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born in Athens, Georgia. My mom was looking for a new job when I was in the 5th grade and she found it in Globe, Arizona. Continue reading

James Keenan: A Life of Science Musician, Spark Design Graphic Designer

James Keenan

James Keenan, photographed at Shady’s in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

James Keenan
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James Keenan may seem like a calm, laidback guy on the outside, but brimming under that friendly exterior is a whole lot of passion for the things he loves most. The 29-year-old is a graphic designer by day and a musician and writer by night, extending his professional talents into his musical world through crafting colorful and fun music videos for his band A Life of Science. He’s not just good with a computer, though — Keenan also wrote comic books for the band, too, and came up with the treatment for the band’s novel, The Apneist. He also serves as art director for local label Sundawg Records and deejays as Ex-Ghost, but just because he’s busy doesn’t mean he doesn’t take a breather at Shady’s every once in awhile for a beer. See Keenan play with A Life of Science Saturday, September 29 at Martini Ranch, and keep reading to watch him list five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’ve lived here my entire life. I was born in Phoenix at St. Joe’s and raised in Phoenix and went to Shadow Mountain High School. The only time I left Phoenix was for college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Continue reading