#MediaMonday – Laura Swan

Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from the historic southeastern Arizona town of Bisbee. Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880 and is home to the famous Copper Queen Mine. Laura Swan is the publisher and editor of the Bisbee Observer, which serves an area of more than 10,000 residents in the communities of Bisbee, Douglas, Naco, McNeal, Double Adobe, Palominas/Hereford and Sierra Vista.

 Laura, time to share:

Tell us how you got your start in writing? Tell us your story! I started at the newspaper in 1994 as an advertising sales rep. Then on Aug. 1, 1998, I purchased the paper and have run it ever since.

Tell us about the outlet and types of story pitches you want?  The Bisbee Observer is a weekly community newspaper published every Thursday. We cover anything that is related to Bisbee such as: local government, schools, features, crime and local events.

 Where did you grow up? I grew up in Stockton, Calif. then moved to Bisbee in 1990.

Favorite type of music?  I don’t really have a favorite kind of music, but I will say country is my least favorite.

Favorite local restaurants or other haunts? There are lots of great places to eat in Bisbee. It is a fun town with lots of events and fun things to do.

 Least favorite food? Sushi

 A little-known fact about you? I love taking pictures of landscapes and love to travel.

Anything else you’d care to share? I am extremely grateful to my community for supporting the newspaper which has been around since April 1985. It is really hard to run a community paper, but I have been able to be successful because of all the support I receive.


Photo provided by Laura Swan

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at Aug 16, 2021

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