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 also contributed to other award-winning stories throughout the years. 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.

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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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katie-campbell-photoKatie Campbell
@_KECampbell on Twitter
Katie covers the Arizona House of Representatives for the Arizona Capitol Times. She also hosts and produces The Breakdown, the paper’s award-winning podcast. A Florida native, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in international relations at the University of Florida. She led the digital team as an editor and breaking news reporter at WUFT News, the university’s NPR and PBS affiliate, and delivered hourly news briefs during All Things Considered. After graduation, she moved to Arizona as an investigative reporting fellow with News21 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She later worked with Chicago magazine before returning to Arizona to cover Pinal County courts and politics during the 2016 election for The Casa Grande Dispatch.

Beat Assignments:
• State House
• Producer/Host of The Breakdown

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ben-2-web-100x150Ben Giles
@ben_giles on Twitter
Ben covers the Governor’s Office for the Arizona Capitol Times. A Maryland native, Ben graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2009, before attending the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he earned a master’s degree in journalism while freelancing for local newspapers and interning at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Ben moved to Phoenix in 2010 to work for News21 at Arizona State University, then returned to the Washington, D.C., region that fall to work at The Washington Examiner, where he spent more than two years as a local reporter covering county governments, the Maryland General Assembly, crime and courts.

Beat Assignments:
• Governor’s Office

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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