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Arizona News Service promotes Del Puerto, Townsend to key positions

Veteran journalist Luige del Puerto has been promoted to Associate Publisher of Arizona News Service.

Longtime Arizona Capitol Reports Coordinator Tracy Keller Townsend has also been promoted to Director of Capitol Reports and will be overseeing the management of Legislation On Line Arizona (LOLA), Arizona Legislative Report and Yellow Sheet Report. Scott Newell has accepted the position of Capitol Reports coordinator.

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Luige del Puerto

In his new role, Del Puerto will oversee the editorial and business units of Arizona News Service, which publishes the Arizona Capitol Times, 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.

“I’m confident that Luige is well positioned by his years with Arizona News Service to bring it to new levels of success and service to the Arizona community,” said Stephen Lincoln, Executive Vice President-Legal Division of BridgeTower Media, the parent company of Arizona News Service.

Del Puerto, who has won numerous local and national awards for his reporting about politics, 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.

Tracy Keller Townsend

Tracy Keller Townsend

A native of the Philippines, Del Puerto worked in Manila for the nation’s largest English daily newspaper, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, where 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. He lives in Glendale with his wife and son.

Keller Townsend started at Arizona News Service in January 2002 as the Legislative Records Assistant for Legislation On Line Arizona (LOLA) and Arizona Legislative Report. Over the last 15 years, she has held various positions in the company, including special publications editor and researcher, interim marketing manager, and mostly recently as Capitol Reports Coordinator.

Scott Newell

Scott Newell

She is a native of Arizona and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and one-year old son.

Newell joined Arizona News Service in December 2000 as a printer for the Arizona Legislative Report. Since then, he has held various positions in the company, mostly recently as Capitol Reports Assistant.

Newell was born and raised in Flagstaff and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in French Literature. He lives in central Phoenix with his two dogs, Bongi and Bobo.

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