Cooney to leave 12 News desk

April 1, 2015 (Phoenix) — Longtime 12 News/KPNX anchor Lin Sue Cooney announced today that she will leave TV news at the end of May to join the executive team at Hospice of the Valley. Cooney has worked for 12 News—a Gannett owned television station in Phoenix, Arizona—since 1984, and is one of the most recognized faces in Arizona television journalism.

In an on-air announcement, Cooney explained, “I will miss all the beautiful people I work with here…because they are family to me. But, I am thrilled to be embracing a new season in my life. So many people have helped me along the way, I am anxious to start giving back and use the gifts God gave me to help others.”

Cooney will begin working for Hospice of the Valley later this summer.

Lin Sue Cooney

Lin Sue Cooney

“We will sincerely miss Lin Sue in our newsroom every day. She is beloved not only by her co-workers but by Arizonans who invite her into their living room each night,” said 12 News President/General Manager John Misner. “While we know that it’s our loss, we appreciate how impactful she will be in her new role.”

For more than 30 years, Arizona viewers have watched Cooney as a primary news anchor at 12 News/KPNX. Most recently, Cooney has served alongside co-anchor Mark Curtis on 12 News at 5, Arizona Nightly News at 6, and 12 News at 10 p.m.

A respected journalist, Cooney has been honored as the Valley’s “Best Anchor” by the Phoenix chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She also has won numerous awards for her news reporting and community service efforts including nine Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. She has been the face of “Buddy Check 12,” a major breast health awareness initiative for 12 News and has served as the principal storyteller on “Hero Central,” a news series focusing on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Cooney began her career in Beaumont, Texas. She came to Phoenix from WFAA-TV in Dallas where she was a news reporter and co-host of PM Magazine.

Cooney graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Willamette University in Oregon. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

First low-power digital television station in Indian Country

March 27, 2015 (Gila River Indian Reservation) — Loris A. Taylor, president and CEO of Native Public Media, will speak at the grand opening of the Gila River Broadcasting Corporation (GRBC) on April 6, 2015.

“I am honored to be invited by the Gila River Indian Community to celebrate the grand opening of GRBC,” Taylor said. “This occasion is the pinnacle of what broadband in Indian Country can be, and how intertwining the art of Tribal Nations storytelling with digital technologies can create powerful broadcasts of their own stories and content meaningful to their community.

“My hope is that GRBC will be the first of many broadcasting facilities to multiply and prosper across Indian Country and that other tribal communities will follow suit and push the envelope to innovate and to be creative.”

The grand opening will take place at 9 a.m. April 6 at the GRBC studio located at 7065 W. Allison Road in Chandler.

Taylor recently was recognized by the Distribution & Interconnection Committee of the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors for her service along with her advocacy work to establish the Tribal Priority for Broadcasting and the Office of Native Affairs and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Taylor was instrumental in commissioning the first study on broadband entitled “The New Media, Technology and Internet Use in Indian Country” which outlined the first tribal recommendations to the Federal National Broadband Plan.

Native Public Media is a national organization devoted to encouraging healthy, independent and engaged tribal communities through media access, control and ownership. Currently 53 Native owned and operated radio stations and a handful of television stations and projects serve Indian Country.

AZ State Library, Archives and Public Records turns 100

March 20, 2015 (Phoenix) — Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records celebrated 100 years of service to Arizonans on March 24.

As part of the milestone, the State Library has released an e-booklet, “100 Years of Public Service,” that highlights its history decade-by-decade. The pamphlet chronicles changing facilities, staff, resources, and technologies.

“Many Arizonans are not aware of the State Library,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “The e-booklet is a great way to learn about our many services and how we have delivered them throughout the decades.”

Services provided by the State Library include the:

  • State Library of Arizona – There are many facets to the library, including: a genealogy section, a repository for federal publications, a U.S. patent and trademark resource center, a law library and access to state agency publications.
  • Digital Arizona Library – A portfolio of online resources, including: reference services, Reading Arizona, the Arizona Memory Project, Arizona digital newspaper program and the Arizona Almanac.
  • State Archives and Records Management – ARM collects, preserves and makes publically available permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials; managing public records throughout state and local government in Arizona.

“The State Library continues its commitment to Arizona by helping Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world,” said State Librarian Joan Clark.

For more information about the State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, visit the website at

Two promoted at ABC15

March 12, 2015 (Phoenix) — Chris Kline has been named news director at ABC15, where he will oversee all cross-platform story gathering. In his new position, Kline will lead the newsroom to distribute stories across both television and digital channels to better serve Arizona communities and meet changing audience habits.

Chris Kline

Chris Kline

For the past three years, Kline has served as director of new media at ABC15, managing the station’s growing digital strategy. He’s also served as an executive producer, web producer and reporter during his eight-year tenure at the station.

Before joining ABC15, Kline worked as a convergence journalist for the Arizona Republic and at CNN’s Crossfire in Washington, D.C. He’s also been an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Kline, who is an Arizona native, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He moves into the news director role effective immediately.

Danielle Lerner

Danielle Lerner

In related news, Danielle Lerner has been promoted to co-anchor of ABC15 Mornings. She is an award-winning journalist who has been with ABC15 since the fall of 2014 as a weekend anchor and reporter.

“She has been anchoring on a temporary basis with the ABC15 Mornings crew for the past few months and the response to the team has been terrific,” said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15.

Lerner has studied and worked in five different states stretching from Washington, D.C., to California. Before joining ABC15, Lerner was most recently a morning anchor at KVOA-TV in Tucson. She also worked at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Lerner grew up in Phoenix and is a graduate of Chaparral High School. She attended Saint Mary’s College in South Bend and received her Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Journalists to talk about drug war along border as they deliver Schatt Lecture, April 14

Alfredo Corchado and Angela Korcherga will deliver the ninth annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at the ASU Cronkite School April 14.

Alfredo Corchado and Angela Korcherga will deliver the ninth annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at the ASU Cronkite School April 14. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.)

The drug war and other border issues will be the focus of the ninth annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, to be delivered by two award-winning journalists.

Join Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News, and Angela Kocherga, border bureau chief at Gannett, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The lecture is free and open to the public. Corchado has been awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Journalism Award. Kocherga has received two Emmy awards for reporting from the border city of Cuidad Juarez on the war on drugs.

The annual lecture series began in 2007. It honors Paul J. Schatt, longtime Arizona Republic journaliist as well as Cronkite School adjunct faculty member. Mr. Schatt, who died in 2005, was a member of the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter and posthumously received the chapter’s Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2006. The lecture series is supported by an annual gift from the newspaper as well as by an endowment created in Schatt’s memory by his widow, Laura Schatt-Thede.

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More than 50 attend FAC panel discussion in Tucson on cameras, mobile devices in courtroom

More than 50 journalists, journalism students and faculty and members of the public attended a free presentation at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Fridfac_logo1ay, Jan. 23, on changes to laws regarding the use of cameras and mobile devices in Arizona state courtrooms. It was sponsored by the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona. Click here for a recap!

NY Times’ Thomas Friedman speaks on ‘Sustainability as Freedom’ Feb. 26 at ASU Gammage

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will speak on the topic, “Sustainability as Freedom,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at ASU Gammage in Tempe. Friedman, whose appearance is part of the Wrigley Lecture Series, “will argue that what freedom was to our parents’ generation, sustainability is to this present generation,” according to an ASU statement. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.

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Cronkite School professor to lead March 3 webinar about disability journalism

Cronkite School Professor Tim McGuire, an advisory board member of a national organization that offers resources to media covering people with disabilities, will host a free webinar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Register for the webinar here.

Tim McGuire

Tim McGuire, Courtesy Arizona State University

During the webinar, hosted by the National Center on Disability and Journalism, McGuire will present ideas from his new memoir, his first book, Some People Even Take Them Home: A Disabled Dad, a Down Syndrome Son and Our Journey to Acceptance. The book tells of McGuire’s living with a physical disability and raising a child with Down syndrome.

McGuire is the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. McGuire,is a former editor and senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He has a rare congenital joint disability.

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Note New Date: Journalists wanted for 11th annual Valley Publicity Summit, Sept. 19

NOTE NEW DATE: Improve your dealings with PR people and the story pitches they make to you by Pub Sum 2014 logoparticipating in the event that’s been doing it for more than a decade! Volunteer for the 11th annual Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at SkySong, the ASU Innovation Center in Scottsdale. Write to if you’re interested. More info soon!

Learn about changes to rules regarding cameras, mobile devices in state courtrooms from free presentation Jan. 23 in Tucson

fac_logo1Your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is a proud founding member of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona. The coalition is sponsoring a free presentation at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Friday morning, Jan. 23, on changes to laws regarding the use of cameras and mobile devices in Arizona state courtrooms. Click here for details!