Open-uri20130703-2-1a9sh5j_thumb

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.

Open-uri20170405-4-87ljdl_profile

The "Why" of Travel

From ecotourism to volunteerism, "traveling with purpose" is becoming the mindful way to roam.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story
Open-uri20170405-4-h50dl5_profile

Keeping ‘the 55s’ Alive

Arizona’s 55+ communities are facing challenges from new generations of retirees looking for communities more engaged than isolated. Can the industry adapt?
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story
Open-uri20160328-3-11zs2en_profile

The Escape Club

Get locked up with friends or coworkers in the latest live-action game and team-building craze.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story
Open-uri20160802-3-1xt1xh3_profile

You Bet Your Life!

Life Plan Communities offer a worry-free future, but finding the right plan can pose difficult decisions.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story
Open-uri20160531-3-kmrf1b_profile

Not Just 'My Generation'

Multigenerational developments meet needs of home buyers of all ages.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story
Open-uri20160502-3-f10yvg_profile

It Takes A Village

Mixed-use hotel projects are bringing the ski village model to the desert.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story
Open-uri20151124-3-1lve28j_profile

Endless Bummer

Mad or nomad, homeless or just hoboing, scores of unrooted transients migrate between our north and south climates annually, following or fleeing the sun as the seasons change. Are Arizona’s “homeless snowbirds” living the couch surfer’s dream, or riding a wave of neglect? Monty McCoy holds claims to 26 gold mines throughout the West, but he doesn’t have a home – at least nothing permanent.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story
Open-uri20160416-3-hw7quo_profile

Live-Work Airpark

With businesses recruiting young tech talent to the Scottsdale Airpark, developers are building new live-work spaces to nest them in.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story
Open-uri20150602-3-gz5wti_profile

West of Westboro

Some of the Valley’s most ardent Fed-fearing, LGBT-demonizing citizens find a mouthpiece in a headline-grabbing East Valley preacher. Could Steven Anderson just be getting started?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story
Open-uri20150128-3-11h1dv6_profile

Celestial Seasoning

Fountain Hills’ annual International UFO Congress has become the Barrett-Jackson of the flying saucer set. Are you ready to believe?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story
Open-uri20160417-3-amvo7a_profile

Who’s So Fancy?

From geeky sci-fi marathons to ballooning over the Serengeti, today’s girlfriend getaways are not (always) your mother’s ladies’ day out.
Times Publications Link to Story
Open-uri20140916-2-1neb4k_profile

The Fast and the Facebooked

It’s a slow night at the Big Kmart parking lot on 67th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. Normally at this hour on a Saturday night, on the sprawling square of asphalt shared between the Kmart, Chuck E. Cheese and the Mixteca restaurant, the action is hopping. Local car clubs show up to show off their custom rides; there’s always live music on the Mixteca patio and a DJ spinning salsa in the parking lot, where street tacos are served up for $1.75.
Times Publications Link to Story

About

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.

Open-uri20130703-2-1a9sh5j_profile_large

jimmymagahern.com

Skills

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design