Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Pharma Chameleon

Overnight, Valley billionaire John Kapoor went from biotech hero to accused opioid pusher.
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Business of Golf 2018

Which Scottsdale Airpark courses have the best-kept grounds, instructors and pro shops? We've got expert rankings.
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Labor Pains

While the pro-border wall camp applauds Trump’s plan to cut immigration in half, Valley business leaders fret over the effect that action would have on Arizona’s economy.
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Up In The Air

With Scottsdale seeking to broaden the Airpark's image, will aviation businesses remain its core?
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Driving Success 2017

CEOs of Airpark businesses catering to car collectors have their own auto obsessions.
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R.I.P. Malls?

This is how the Valley’s decades-long mall wars end: The stronger shopping centers are killing off the weaker. But what will take their places?
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Evidence, Inc.

Axon, formerly TASER, is offering every police department in the U.S. free body cameras for a year. Will the Scottsdale firm change policing – again?
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Capturing Kierland

High-rise condos are taking shape around Kierland Commons.
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Part and Parcel

How will the prized real estate north of the Airpark be divvied up?
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Open Secret

As TPC Scottsdale readies for another Phoenix Open, a new Maricopa County Superior Court case challenges the city's taxpayer support of the event. Could public money be buried beneath the greens?
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Saudi Arizona

Rural Arizonans fear their water is being depleted by Saudi Arabian food producers. But state agriculturists laud the $180 million farm investment.
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No Unicorn Zone

From domain hosting to mattresses, the Phoenix startup community is filled with ballers. Missing: a sexy identity to rival Silicon Valley.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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