Today's #MediaMonday comes from Marilyn Hawkes, a prolific freelance writer in Arizona who’s been published in PHOENIX magazine, Arizona Highways, Jewish News and various Times Media Group publications.
How did you get into reporting/editing in the first place? What’s your story?
A lifetime ago, I got a degree in English, but never used it professionally. Nearly two decades later, I went to ASU’s Cronkite School and completed a master’s degree in mass communication, which opened many doors for me. I spent five years at Jewish News as a staff writer and during that time I started freelancing for PHOENIX magazine and other publications. Since then, life has been a blur!
Tell us about each of the ongoing media you do work for, and the content for each you want or need?
I’m a regular contributor to PHOENIX magazine’s Eat Beat section and write the Three Bites, Veg Out and Local Product columns as well as the Recipe Friday blog on PM’s website. I’m constantly on the lookout for interesting local products and new vegetarian/vegan dishes to feature. I also pitch Phoenix Files stories and can always use new ideas about Valley people, places and activities. This year I became a contributor to Experience Scottsdale and will be featured in the Visitor’s Guide and on the Experience Scottsdale website.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and yes, I miss the ocean. Every. Single. Day.
Favorite type of music?
I love choral music of any kind. Four-part harmony makes me weak in the knees. I’ve been a Joni Mitchell fan since I heard her first album and listen to The Coffeehouse on Sirius XM Radio whenever I’m in the car. Anyone who has spent time around me knows that I’m incessantly singing – in the car, walking through the grocery store and while exercising. #annoying
Favorite place to visit?
Paris or Maui.
What are some of your favorite local spots or things to do?
My favorite place to be on a Saturday morning is the Old Town Farmers’ Market where I buy my vegetables and bread for the week. I love eating bruschetta at Postino Highland, taking in a movie at Harkins Camelview and walking the streets of Scottsdale, especially along the Scottsdale Waterfront. I’m also very fond of the Scottsdale Civic Center Library and the surrounding grounds.
It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say French fries.
Least favorite food?
I really dislike salmon. And anchovies.
Three things readers would be surprised to know about you?
I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 30.
I’ve had two cornea transplants.
I used to be a piano teacher.
What should people be pitching you?
I’m always looking for recipes from Valley chefs to feature on PHOENIX magazine’s Desert Digest blog and nonprofit leaders/volunteers to profile for the The PHiX blog.
What is the best way to reach you?