Today, we share a little about ace reporter for InMarcopa, Michelle “Chelle” Chance, with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working extensively with on behalf of our clients throughout Pinal County. Though young, she is a veteran of the outlet, getting her start there as an intern a few years back.
Learn more below.
How did you get into reporting the first place? What’s your story?
I sought out a career where everyday would be an adventure and I wouldn’t be confined to the same workspace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I was a new mom when I enrolled in journalism school – It was a risky major (as many told me), but it gave me the tools, the guts and the ethical compass to land the job of my dreams and make a happy life for my family.
Tell us about your publication and website? How does it work?
InMaricopa is a daily news website and monthly magazine, informing residents since 2004. We’ve got the largest social media following of any news organization in the city and a dynamite editorial staff, if I do say so myself.
Where did you grow up?
In Maricopa – born and bred. Reporting in my hometown is an honor, and also a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
Favorite type of music?
Being a desert rat, I love country and rock ‘n’ roll classics. But I also love indie music and rap.
Favorite local haunts?
Maricopa wouldn’t be what it is without Headquarters Bar and Restaurant, also known as, “The New HQ.” Gyro Grill is a new-to-Maricopa eatery that I must indulge in at least once a week.
Favorite place to visit?
Jerome and Bisbee in Arizona, and then New York City.
Least favorite food?
Shellfish (it’s an allergy thing).
Three things readers would be surprised to know about you?
What should people be pitching you?
Any sort of breaking news they’ve captured footage of on their cell phones and human-interest stories that are bound to give readers goosebumps or an urge to grab the tissue box.
But I honestly cover everything.
What is the lead time you need for online, print?
I take web story pitches 24/7. No deadline. The magazine requires submissions the 15th of every month.