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.


Business of Golf 2018

Which Scottsdale Airpark courses have the best-kept grounds, instructors and pro shops? We've got expert rankings.
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Roll Camera

A baseball injury left him paralyzed at age 21, but Loren Worthington is back on the field as an “adaptive” sports photographer, leading him on an unexpected path to Rio.
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Gold Medal Life

The Valley has its share of former Olympians, who now coach kids to go for the gold – in athletics and beyond.
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Reinventing Golf

Facing flat growth, can course operators blast out of the bunkers?
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Karate camp brings adventures, exercise and life-skill building

Mike Erickson's karate camp is about more than taekwondo and jiu-jitsu. Every week, there's a field trip to a top East Valley kids' destination – and parents get to judo-chop the cost.
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Driving Force

With recreational golf's popularity sinking, the industry looks to women to help save the game.
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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.
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A Sure Thing

Stevin “Hedake” Smith believes he has a message for every kid entering college with the dream of becoming a pro baller. It’s the message he wishes somebody had delivered at his university, Arizona State, back when he was charting his own career path. “We only ever got to hear the winners,” Smith says.
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Extreme Kids

There’s a certain intensity that washes across the face of every 8-year-old who slips on a brightly colored polyester jersey and sits behind the handlebars of a sleek aluminum motocross bike. You can see it in the steely squint of their eyes, and in the serious, no-nonsense expression that hides any hint of a smile.
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Speed's Little Leaguers

He’s got a name tailor-made for NASCAR glory and a track record rivaling the best drivers in his class across the nation. And he’s missing his four front baby teeth. “He’s been racing since he was about four-and-a-half,” says dad Chuck Almon, whose older sons, now ages 18 and 20, also raced quarter-midgets and now volunteer as part of Zane’s pit crew.
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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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