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.


New Skin

North Phoenix firm Axolotl Biologix is bio-engineering “replacement skin” and soon replacement blood vessels and heart patches. Is your body due for a high-tech upgrade?
North Valley Magazine Link to Story

Banking on Biotech

Science and Wall Street intersect at the Airpark, where biopharma firms are funding high-tech cures and medical innovations.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Technology You'll Love

The 50-plus crowd may benefit the most from today's smartphone- and "smart home"-based economy.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

No Unicorn Zone

From domain hosting to mattresses, the Phoenix startup community is filled with ballers. Missing: a sexy identity to rival Silicon Valley.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Auto-Tune for the Brain

Having gone global with its ‘Brainwave Optimization’ technology, Airpark-based Brain State Technologies is aiming to become the Fitbit of the brain.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Communicating with the Grandkids

You can ‘Like’ but you better not comment! Learning the rules to interacting with grandkids on social media can be a challenging — and often rewarding — lesson in making short but meaningful connections.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Reputation Rescue

Getting a bad reputation online can be hard to fix, but some airpark businesses are helping companies regain, and maintain, their good names.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Data Defenders

Airpark cybersecurity firms are flourishing by protecting corporations against the biggest threat to their business data today: their own smartphone-addicted employees.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Generation Text

Don't call us, we'll text you! Why millenials are leading the switch from talking to texting — and what may be getting lost in the exchange.
Times Publications Link to Story

Spy Parents

Get off of my iCloud! Teens living their lives on the ’net may have bigger snoops than the NSA to worry about: mom and dad
Times Publications Link to Story

Dimension of Digital Design

Selling high-tech app design with old school pen and paper, 29th Drive puts a literal spin on the new “flat” design trend.
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

The ME Show

See me, hear me, feel me, fund me! Are vlogging and podcasting the ultimate slacker careers?
Phoenix New Times 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.



  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design