Veteran Arizona Capitol Times reporter and editor Luige del Puerto has been promoted to Arizona News Service editor.
An award-winning journalist, Del Puerto currently edits the Yellow Sheet Report, Arizona’s premier political tipsheet, and the Legislative Report, which focuses on the day-to-day action at the state Capitol.
He previously covered the Arizona Senate where he specialized in writing about the meshing of religion and politics, healthcare, taxation and the economy, the state budget, and energy.
A native of the Philippines, Del Puerto worked in Manila for the nation’s largest English daily newspaper, The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
At the Inquirer, he covered crime, labor, elections and national security. He was also part of the paper’s special projects team and covered military adventurism in his home country before moving to the United States in 2006.
Del Puerto graduated with honors from the school of journalism at the University of Philippines.
He joined the Arizona Capitol Times shortly after moving to Arizona. He has won numerous local and national awards in the U.S. for his reporting about politics, including earning first place for politics and government reporting in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest.
The Arizona News Service oversees the Capitol Times, Yellow Sheet Report and Legislative Report.
Del Puerto replaces Jim Small, who left in early December to become executive director and editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.