Newsroom Staff


luige-1-100x150Luige del Puerto
Associate Publisher & Arizona News Service Editor
@LdelPuerto on Twitter
An award-winning journalist, Luige covers state politics and oversees the newsroom of the Arizona Capitol Times. He also manages the business units of Arizona News Service. In addition, Luige edits the Yellow Sheet Report and the Legislative Report, 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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jeremy-2-100x150Jeremy Duda
Yellow Sheet Report Editor
@JeremyDuda on Twitter
Jeremy previously covered the governor’s office for the Arizona Capitol Times. A Phoenix native, he graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a degree in journalism. After starting as a sports writer at the Hobbs (New Mexico) News-Sun, he moved to the news desk, where he covered city government and cops. From New Mexico, he moved to Provo, Utah, where he covered courts and cops for the Daily Herald. He has won numerous awards in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2007 award for best reporter at a mid-sized Utah daily newspaper. He recently published a book, If This Be Treason.

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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 courts and education for the Arizona Capitol Times. 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 interned with Chicago magazine before returning to Arizona to cover Pinal County courts, immigration and politics during the 2016 election for The Casa Grande Dispatch.

Beat Assignments:
• Education
• Courts
• Producer/Host of The Breakdown

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ben-2-web-100x150Ben Giles
@ben_giles on Twitter
Ben covers the Arizona Senate 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:
• State Senate

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Carmen Formanben-2-web-100x150 

@CarmenMForman on Twitter
Carmen covers the governor’s office for the Arizona Capitol Times. An Oklahoma native, she comes to Phoenix by way of Virginia, where she spent almost four years reporting for The Roanoke Times. Carmen started out covering local government for the newspaper nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but quickly moved up to cover state politics and Virginia’s General Assembly. A 2013 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Carmen spent the summer after graduation as an investigative reporting fellow with News21 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Beat Assignments:
• Governor’s Office
• Statewide Elections

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Paulina Pinedaben-2-web-100x150

@paulinapineda22 on Twitter
Paulina covers the Arizona House for the Arizona Capitol Times. Formerly at the Nogales International, Paulina spent the last two years covering Nogales City Hall, local law enforcement, courts and one of the school districts and she was named the 2016 Community Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club. Prior to that she covered breaking news as an intern at the Dallas Morning News. A 2015 graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Paulina worked for the school’s wire service, Cronkite News, and interned at the Arizona Republic. A Florida native, Paulina has lived in Arizona for 13 years.

Beat Assignments:
• State House

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