ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES EDITORS:
Luige del Puerto
Publisher & Arizona News Service Editor
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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 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 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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ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES REPORTERS:
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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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 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.
• Arizona Department of Education
• Arizona courts
• Arizona Corporation Commission
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