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.


New Skin

North Phoenix firm Axolotl Biologix is bio-engineering “replacement skin” and soon replacement blood vessels and heart patches. Is your body due for a high-tech upgrade?
North Valley Magazine Link to Story

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.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Boomer Business

Patients over 50 are exploring medical cannabis to treat a range of ailments.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Health Care Power List 2018

Our list of the 25 most influential people in Valley health care is back for its annual checkup.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Turn Back Time

Many anti-aging procedures can now be done without going under the knife - and often in a lunch hour. Here's what older adults need to know about the latest trends in cosmetic techniques.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Pharma Chameleon

Overnight, Valley billionaire John Kapoor went from biotech hero to accused opioid pusher.
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Healthcare Power List 2017

Emerging medical technologies and innovative educational methods are accelerating progress in healthcare to new and exciting levels. But the questions of how companies will deliver that healthcare, and how we’ll pay for it, are more uncertain than ever.
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Green and Seen

Sun City is bringing medical marijuana dispensaries out of the dark, reflecting a growing acceptance among older adults.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Arizona needs more dentists, U.S. rankings say

“It’s not just about the tooth,” says dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Dr. Jack Dillenberg. “It’s about the person attached to the tooth."
East Valley Tribune Link to Story

Family’s dynasty stretches to Chandler with new martial arts school

When Stephanie Larson talks about the martial art of Tang Soo Do being a great activity for the whole family, she speaks from experience.
East Valley Tribune Link to Story

Summertime Blues

Seasonal affective disorder is a “thing” in Phoenix during summer, when depression, aggression and stifled productivity all mushroom in the relentless Sonoran heat.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story


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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  • AP Style
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