Newsroom Staff


luige-1-100x150Luige del Puerto
Associate Publisher & Arizona News Service Editor
@LdelPuerto on Twitter
An award-winning journalist, Luige oversees the newsroom of the Arizona Capitol Times. He also manages the business units of Arizona News Service. In addition, Luige edits the Legislative Report, one of Arizona’s premier political tipsheets. He is a native of the Philippines and previously worked in Manila for the nation’s largest 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 several coup d’état attempts in his home country before moving to the United States in 2006. Luige 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.

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gary-2-100x150Gary Grado
Managing Editor
@geegra on Twitter
Gary has been a journalist since 1994 and worked at two other newspapers in the Valley before joining the Arizona Capitol Times in 2010. Gary, a Valley resident since 1988, spent 13 years at the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune, where he covered courts, public safety and municipal government. He won third place for Best News Story in the 2008 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Contest for a story about a jailhouse interview with a mass murderer, and he has won multiple first-place awards for investigative stories at the Capitol Times. At the Chandler Independent, he covered municipal government for three years. Gary is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and avid runner.

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don-2-100x150Don Harris
Copy Editor

Don joined Arizona Capitol Times as copy editor/reporter in 2001, capping a journalism career that began in Chicago. Immediately prior to his service with the Capitol Times, for nearly nine years Don was a public information officer for state of Arizona agencies, first with the Department of Commerce and then the Department of Insurance. Don also covered politics, organized labor and general assignments at The Arizona Republic for 19 years, periodically serving as an assistant city editor. At The Republic, Don covered the Arizona House of Representatives for 10 years, as well as five national political conventions and most major political races. Political figures he covered extensively include Barry Goldwater, Bruce Babbitt, Burton Barr, Evan Mecham, and Rose Mofford. He received several journalism awards in Arizona and Chicago. Don, his wife and their three children moved to Arizona from Chicago in 1973, after having been a reporter for the Chicago Today/Chicago American for a number of years.

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dillon4Dillon Rosenblatt
@DillonReedRose on Twitter
Dillon covers education and criminal justice for Arizona Capitol Times. From New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, with a related area in Film. After graduating, he went on to work for iHeart Media in Phoenix, and became the Social Media Editor for the Phoenix New Times.

Beat Assignments:

• Arizona Department of Education
• Arizona courts
• Arizona Corporation Commission

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julia-shumway-copyJulia Shumway
@JShumway on Twitter
Julia covers the Arizona Senate for the Arizona Capitol Times. She was raised in Arizona and studied journalism at Arizona State University, but left for snowier climes in 2015. She most recently spent two years with The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon, where she covered local government and the challenges that come with being one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Prior to working in Oregon, she covered the 2017 session of Nebraska’s unicameral legislature for the Associated Press and worked as a local government reporter and copy editor for Iowa’s oldest newspaper, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye. While at ASU, she served as a reporter, news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief of the university’s student-run newspaper, The State Press and managed its transition to an entirely digital publication. Julia also wrote for The East Valley Tribune and reported on politics and the 2014 midterm elections for The Arizona Republic.

Beat Assignments:
• State Senate

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hank-stephenson-100x150Hank Stephenson
Yellow Sheet Editor
@hankdeanlight on Twitter

Hank Stephenson is the editor of Yellow Sheet Report, the state’s first and best political tip sheet. Before taking over Yellow Sheet, Hank wrote about education for the Arizona Daily Star, covered the House of Representatives for Arizona Capitol Times, and worked for a variety of small papers around the state, including the Tucson Weekly and Nogales International. He won the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award and its “Sledgehammer” award in 2016, along with the organization’s Story of the Year award in 2012, 2013 and 2016. He won the Arizona Newspaper Association’s  Freedom of Information award in 2016 and various first place awards for investigative journalism in the small paper categories. He lives in Tucson with his wife, dog and two cats.

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Nathan Brown
@NateBrownNews on Twitter

Nathan covers the Arizona House of Representatives for the Arizona Capitol Times. He started his journalism career covering various beats at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Times Herald-Record in upstate New York, getting his start at political reporting by covering two heated and close special congressional elections in 2009. He moved west in 2015, covering the Idaho Legislature for newspapers in Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. He was also one of the lead reporters covering a debate over whether to shut down the refugee resettlement center in Twin Falls that divided the community and drew international attention after a young girl was sexually assaulted by three refugee boys. He moved to Arizona at the start of the 2021 Legislative session. Nathan has won numerous journalism awards over the course of his career, including ones from the Associated Press for his coverage of a courthouse shooting in New York and the creation of a new wilderness area in Idaho and first-place awards from the Idaho Press Club for his reporting on refugee resettlement, state politics and environmental issues.

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Kyra Haas
@kc_haas on Twitter

Kyra covers education and the judiciary for the Arizona Capitol Times. She grew up in Kansas and attended the University of Missouri, earning bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. She spent fall of 2020 as the long-term substitute journalism adviser for Free State High School in Kansas, overseeing three student publications and teaching introductory classes. Before her teaching detour, she covered education and local government for The Visalia Times-Delta in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Kyra has also worked as a summer Pulliam Fellow at The Arizona Republic. During college, she spent a semester covering the 2018 midterm elections as a fact-checking intern at PolitiFact. Kyra’s story on the shortcomings of Missouri’s adult abuse hotline won a 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, both for investigative reporting. In 2019, her story about autism caregivers won a Regional Murrow for excellence in video.

Beat Assignments:
• Arizona Department of Education
• Arizona courts
• Arizona Corporation Commission

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