I am excited to introduce today’s #MediaMonday, Kara Morrison, editor of Raising Arizona Kids (RAK) Magazine. I met with Kara recently to discuss a partnership with RAK and Families Giving Back, a nonprofit organization dedicated to family volunteering that I serve on the board of directors.
Kara has been with RAK for five months but prior to that was an editor and reporter with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for more than seven years. Prior to moving to Arizona she was a features reporter and columnist with The Detroit News and The Lincoln Journal Star.
In her free time, Kara enjoys traveling (short trips these days), reading and taking her daughter to fun events around the Valley.
So, Kara, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
When I started in journalism more than 20 years ago, climbing from small newspapers to bigger ones was the expected career path. I worked my way from Danville, Ill., to Phoenix, with a few stops in between.
The Valley has been home for nine years --- the longest I’ve lived anywhere other than Nebraska, where I grew up. Four years ago, I started a whole new journey as a parent. Every day is a fantastic, humbling adventure. That’s in large part what drew me to Raising Arizona Kids. I loved writing about architecture and design and editing the Your Home section at the Arizona Republic, but I’ve moved to a new challenge. Parents --- especially those without family nearby --- need all the help and resources we can get.
In addition to the monthly magazine, Raising Arizona Kids produces a daily website, a comprehensive family events calendar and hosts events like our upcoming Education Fair AZ for parents and kids navigating school choice. There’s never a dull day, and we have an amazing, smart and tireless team.
Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any story ideas that would be relevant to our readers (parents) or any kid-friendly events.