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.


Lawyers, Burritos & Money

How Filiberto’s became Arizona’s most ubiquitous and endlessly copied restaurant chain – while building its true success south of the border.
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Flight Club

Businesses catering to the Airpark's aviation industry are still flying high.
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Tooth or Dare

Two Valley women were busted for performing dental work without a license. Arizona’s attorney general says this type of “dangerous fraud” happens more than most realize.
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Banking on Biotech

Science and Wall Street intersect at the Airpark, where biopharma firms are funding high-tech cures and medical innovations.
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Driving Innovation

Scottsdale chauffeurs and high-end car owners turn to Teslas, Turo and tech to generate big income streams.
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Hangars On!

With two new jumbo-size hangars replacing its long-standing terminal, Scottsdale Airport clears the runway for a new era.
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Scottsdale by Design

The Airpark is home to a surprisingly large connected network of architectural firms and support businesses. So what do they have planned for the area's commercial development?
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Lope and Change

Having tripled its campus footprint and grown twentyfold, Grand Canyon University sets its sights on respect from the higher-education community.
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A Matter of Degrees

Online education is big business in Arizona, but is the trend good for students – or the schools themselves?
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Health Care Power List 2018

Our list of the 25 most influential people in Valley health care is back for its annual checkup.
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Fire Sale

To offset budget costs, businesses can now buy ad space on Mesa firetrucks. Cause for alarm?
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Pharma Chameleon

Overnight, Valley billionaire John Kapoor went from biotech hero to accused opioid pusher.
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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.



  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design