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gary-2-100x150Gary Grado
Executive Editor
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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

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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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Wayne Schutsky
Yellow Sheet Editor
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Wayne is a Phoenix native who cut his teeth covering cities and local communities at newspapers throughout the Valley, including the Scottsdale Progress, East Valley Tribune, Gilbert Sun News and Arcadia News. As managing editor, he oversaw the successful 2018 relaunch of the Scottsdale Progress, a celebrated local newspaper that first went into publication in the 1940s. During his two years at the Progress, Wayne won the Arizona Press Club’s 2020 community breaking news award for his on-the-ground coverage of the Scottsdale Fashion Square riot. He was also recognized by the Arizona Press Club for his year-round coverage of Scottsdale schools during the Covid-19 pandemic and for his 2019 investigative report on Opportunity Zones in Scottsdale.

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Camryn Sanchez
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Camryn Sanchez is the state senate reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and recently earned her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. In college, Camryn studied journalism and was the news editor for her school paper, The Phoenix. She interned at Telegraph Media in Oakland, Calif. and ELLE Magazine in New York in 2019. Camryn also reported for the Yonkers Times in Yonkers, N.Y. She spent the summer with the Arizona Republic as a Pulliam fellow. She can be found in the newsroom drinking coffee and welcomes tips at any time.

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Nick Phillips
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Nick covers the governor’s office and state executive branch for the Capitol Times. Before moving to Phoenix, he reported for the Nogales International, covering the city government, the U.S.-Mexico border and everything in between. Prior to that, he lived and worked in Argentina. He speaks fluent Spanish. Nick received more than a dozen awards from the Arizona Press Club and Arizona Newspaper Association for his work in Nogales and was twice named runner-up Community Journalist of the Year by the AZPC.

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