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.


Real Top Gun

After decades of silence, three-war vet Richard Michaud talks about what it means to be a long-time patriot in a sharply divided America.
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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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Nice Guys Finish Last

He built an Arizona movie theater empire before Harkins, and brought organized baseball to Phoenix before Colangelo. So how come nobody knows Harry Nace?
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‘Cue the Right Thing

Bill Johnson’s Big Apple might have looked redneck, but the iconic Western “Let’s Eat”-ery was actually a welcoming haven for all colors in Phoenix’s segregated ‘60s.
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The Wallace Effect

The late Bill Thompson’s twisted humor pioneered today’s more edgy kiddie fare. Could there ever be another Wallace and Ladmo Show?
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Humble Pride

More than a decade after America honored its Navajo WWII code talkers, Arizona's Hopi code talkers are finally getting their due. But would they have wanted it?
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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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  • AP Style
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