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.


No FIlter

Ali Goldwater is on a mission to restore her grandfather’s photographic vision — and in the process, expand how the world views Barry Goldwater.
AZ Red Book Link to Story

Wild Horses

Beloved North Phoenix horse doctor Elaine Carpenter lived a fast life, but exhibited ultimate patience with the animals she healed.
85085 Magazine Link to Story

Madame Question Mark

Widely rebuked for two election fumbles, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan says she’s rehabilitated and ready for re-election – that is, if she doesn’t become governor first.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

The Trump Whisperer

KTAR’s new pro-Trump voice is a former Phoenix hip-hop DJ with an odd gift for comprehending the president. But what does Darin Damme’s arrival on mainstream talk radio say about the Valley? And the nation?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

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.
Lovin' Life After 50 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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  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design