Today we hear from Larry Hendricks, the news team leader at the Arizona Daily Sun. He also was previously a journalism instructor at Northern Arizona University where he taught basic grammar, introductory and second year news writing. Larry studied public relations, journalism and Spanish at Northern Arizona University.
Larry resides in Flagstaff with his wife Lisa and two rescued hound dogs, Ellie the beagle and Roxie the basset.
In his free time, Larry is also a freelance writer, outdoor enthusiast and angler (don’t know what an angler is? Just ask him).
So, Larry, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
A news team leader is a high-falutin’ phrase for a city editor. I keep tabs on what the reporters are doing and make sure the print newspaper, the website and our social media feeds are stocked with as much local news as we can muster in a given day.
I also contribute to the story rotation as a reporter on the “social safety net” beat. The beat attempts to cover issues surrounding poverty, mental illness and substance abuse. Often, the beat intersects with the police and courts beat because the poor, the mentally ill and the substance addicted often have contact with the criminal justice system.
I came to Flagstaff in 1986 to attend college, and I never left. I love it, and it is important to me to contribute to the community professionally and personally. I am honored to serve as a “real-time” historian for what goes on in our community.
As a newspaperman, I never really wanted to work anywhere else. It took me a while (begging) to get into the Arizona Daily Sun, which happened back in 1997. I came in through the back door in the composing department (back when there was a composing department – does anybody remember pica poles, proportion wheels?). Before getting a job at the Daily Sun, I paid the bills by working as an office manager, a hotel night auditor, a truck driver, worked drilling rigs making water wells and filled vending machines.
I write outdoors and travel articles, fiction, poetry and short stories in my free time …
… when I’m not fly fishing for trout, or hiking the trails in northern Arizona.