#MediaMonday – Patty Gannon

Each Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.
With a TWIST!
No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!
Today’s #Media Monday comes to us from Patty Gannon, Director of Publications for the Arizona Society of CPAs and Editor of AZ CPA Magazine.
So, Patty, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
Well, first of all I am flattered to be asked to contribute. Working in the nonprofit world as editor of AZ CPA, and previously as editor of Arizona Attorney, I am not often identified as “media” and am certainly not as recognizable as most of your previous esteemed guest bloggers!
Second, I would never turn down the request for a story – that would just be “bad karma” as I am usually the one asking for stories!
Working with the members of the Arizona Society of CPAs is one of the highlights of my job. And I can tell you that, contrary to the stereotype, CPAs are exciting, diverse and fun. I have written many stories on CPAs who have done everything from spelunking to saving lives, worked as artists and musicians and who have raced, swam or flown all over the globe.
I have worked in the nonprofit world in publications for most of my career. I went to ASU and worked at KAET-TV for a short time (Hi Ted Simons!). I have two kids – a son who is a student and an artist, and a daughter who is currently traveling the world working for a major cruise line. My daughter and I received our black belts in Tae Kwon Do (a great mother-daughter activity I would recommend to anyone), but now I mostly focus on staying in shape with yoga, Pilates, dance and climbing Camelback Mountain with my little dachshund Dudley.
I am an amateur photographer and painter. And I enjoy helping out in the community.
A feature story in Arcadia News highlighting me and my French toast recipe (Hi Christia Gibbons!) has been my only recent “15-minutes” of fame. But maybe I should have turned down that request for a story, as I have received a lot of “ribbing” from my friends on that one!

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at Jul 19, 2010

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