I’ve been wracking my brain to remember the first time I pitched a story to John D’Anna of the Arizona Republic. I’ve been pitching media since 1988, so it’s safe to assume it was a long LONG time ago.
John recently took on a new role at the paper and joined the Storytellers team. It seemed appropriate to feature him as one of our #MediaMonday profiles.
I’m sure many of you have interacted with him over the years, but here’s some information you may not know about him.
And .PS. – since these columns are typically first-person accounts and therefore we don’t edit too much, I will let the ASU comment stand. And it pains me to do so.
I’m a seasoned (old) journalist who loves to tell stories so much that I recently joined the Arizona Republic storytellers team as a reporter after spending 30 years as an editor.
I once interviewed Morris the Cat (ask your parents) and the governor of California on the same day. It was the only time I’ve ever preferred the company of a cat.
I’ve practiced martial arts for 35 years and play ice hockey – I only like sports where I get to smack the crap out of somebody.
I’m a proud Arizona Wildcat (thought about going to ASU, but they said I already had a high school diploma). I also have an MBA from Benedictine University – Go Fighting Monks! Or whatever their mascot is.
I’m a proud board member of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and have a healthy loathing for officials who stonewall public records requests or block access to public meetings, which sadly means I loathe a LOT of public officials.
I used to write an irreverent (imagine!) enviro blog, which you can find on the dark web (whatever that is) at azgreenday.wordpress.com.
Please follow me on Twitter @azgreenday – I’m trying to get to 10,000 followers, and I only have 7,500 more to go!
Coltrane, Costello, Clash. Pretty much all the stuff my wife hates.
Any place with the NHL Channel.
Any place that’s cooler than Phoenix – in both senses of the word.
Whatever my cardiologist tells me not to eat anymore.
Probably Catch-22. Either that or Lord of the Flies. Both pretty much describe my career arc.