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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.

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Requiem for DREAMers?

With the future of DACA unclear, what happens to thousands of Arizona college students dependent upon the policy’s survival?
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Trump Card

Phoenix comic Paul Horner made himself into America's best-known “fake news” writer – and potentially swung a presidential election in the bargain.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story
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Podcast P.I.s

Could crowdsourcing investigations on the Web deliver new answers to Arizona's most baffling cold cases? From finding Bob Crane's killer to nabbing the Phoenix Freeway Shooter, the Valley is awash in unsolved mysteries primed for Serial-like resolutions. Could crowdsourcing investigations on the Web deliver new answers to Arizona's most baffling cold cases?
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Selling Yarnell

Would you film a 9/11 movie in Toronto? As Hollywood re-creates the Yarnell Hill Fire in New Mexico, family members and survivors wonder if media interest has crossed into exploitation.
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Fraud Fighters

From scammers to spammers to skimmers, experts share tips on how to spot and avoid the latest frauds targeting older adults.
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Core Concern

Located just 55 miles west of Phoenix, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has never incurred the slightest damage from earthquakes. After last November’s rumblings, can we still rest easy?
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Death in the Brotherhood

Who killed Cave Creek Hells Angel Patrick Eberhardt? There are some striking theories on the street.
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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.

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Skills

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design