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Throwback Thursday: The Arizona Highways Crew — As Kids!

Robert Stieve, Editor

Robert Stieve, Editor

 

OK. It’s Throwback Thursday, and we decided to have some fun with this social-media trend … so here you go: The Arizona Highways magazine staff (well, almost all of us) in our youthful glory (we were a pretty cute bunch)!

Enjoy!

Kelly Kramer, Managing Editor

Kelly Kramer, Managing Editor

Kathy Ritchie, Associate Editor

Kathy Ritchie, Associate Editor

Jeff Kida, Photo Editor

Jeff Kida, Photo Editor

Keith Whitney, Art Director (L)

Keith Whitney, Art Director (L)

Noah Austin, Associate Editor (L)

Noah Austin, Associate Editor (L)

Diana Benzel-Rice, Design Production Assistant

Diana Benzel-Rice, Design Production Assistant

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Arizona Highways Wins IRMA Gold!

Gold, Special Focus Issue, "Arizona Highways Centennial Issue" (February 2012)

Gold, Special Focus Issue, “Arizona Highways Centennial Issue” (February 2012)

Arizona Highways took home 10 awards from the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA)’s 2012 competition, including Gold awards in the following categories: Public Issues Feature, Overall Art Direction, Department, Special Focus Issue and Reader Service Article.

Job well done Arizona Highways!

Check out our Gold winners, as well as a complete list of awards presented to Arizona Highways during the 2013 IRMA conference, held this past weekend in Baltimore:

Gold, Public Issues Feature, “Current Conditions,” by Terry Greene Sterling (July 2012)
Gold, Overall Art Direction, Barbara Glynn Denney and Keith Whitney
Gold, Department, “The Journal”
Gold, Special Focus Issue, “Arizona Highways Centennial Issue” (February 2012)
Gold, Reader Service Article, “Summer Hiking Guide,” by Robert Stieve (June 2012)
Silver, Environmental Feature, “A Burning Issue,” By Kelly Vaughn Kramer (June 2012)
Silver, Companion Website, http://www.arizonahighways.com
Bronze, Travel Feature, “Arch Rival,” by Annette McGivney (November 2012)
Bronze, Illustration, “The High Lonesome,” by Chris Gall (October 2012)
Bronze, Art Direction of a Single Story, “Where the Bodies are Buried,” Barbara Glynn Denney, Keith Whitney and Jeff Kida (October 2012)

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Photographer Dawn Kish Gets Beat Up on the Job

Photo courtesy of Dawn Kish

Photo courtesy of Dawn Kish

You’ve seen photographer Dawn Kish’s work in our magazine. She’s a fantastically talented photographer, always willing (and ready) to do what it takes to get the shot. In this case, she may have gone a little too far. Find out what happened to her below:

Wow, those are some shiners! What happened?
I smashed my face with my camera in a big ol’ Grand Canyon rapid. I just got a new underwater housing for my camera and was so excited to shoot in the rapids. I was too busy trying to get the shot and didn’t hold on tight. We hit a big hole, and wham. I hit the cooler with my camera in front of my face. Ouch!

Have you ever been injured on the job before?
Not like this. I have never had a head injury before, either — I looked like an eggplant. I have dropped my camera on rocks, but it was just fine. I do know other photographers who have broken limbs to get the shot. I guess after 25 years of taking photos, I finally got hurt.

What would you do differently next time?
After I posted my battle wounds on Facebook, I didn’t realize that others had done the same thing. One photographer told me that it happened to him, and that when you have a waterproof housing around the camera, you must hold it away from your face when you’re shooting in rough water. I was too busy looking through the viewfinder and didn’t see the big hole in the rapids coming up. All of this trauma for the love of making photos. Next time, hold on and keep the camera away from the face. I got it!

So, what’s the reaction like around town?
Holy guacamole! I wish I had a video of the reactions. Some were worried, some were shocked, some thought I was tough and some thought I was dumb. It was funny, though; most people thought I still looked good. My boyfriend, John “Verm” Sherman, took a bunch of zombie photos of me. Those are fun shots. Everyone kept asking me whether it hurts. I tell them, “Not as much as my ego.”

What camera did you use to sustain your vertical face-plant?
I was shooting with a Nikon D7000 and a 12 mm to 24 mm lens. It still works great. Go Nikon!

You can see Dawn’s work in the August issue of Arizona Highways.

—Kathy Ritchie

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Meet Our New Associate Editor, Noah Austin

The new guy in the office.

There’s a new guy in town.

There’s a new kid on the block, and we thought he should spill the beans about what it’s like being the new guy — sort of. Tomorrow will be his one-month anniversary. Welcome aboard, Noah. We’re thrilled to have you on the team!

The old cliché is that journalists are good at talking about everything but themselves. For my own sake as I begin my time as Arizona Highways’ associate editor, I hope that’s true, but that doesn’t really help me for this post, in which I’ve been asked to talk a little about myself and my first month on the job at Highways.

I started at the magazine Jan. 7; before that, I worked in marketing communications for a Phoenix-based furniture manufacturer, and before that, I was a copy editor, page designer and occasional reporter at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. My first impression of this place was the tremendous passion and dedication that everyone in the office brings to work every day. I feel both honored to be a part of such a labor of love, and terrified of screwing the whole thing up.

I’m excited to get more familiar with Highways’ equally passionate readers, and to settle more into my role at the magazine, in the months ahead. As a lover of all things Arizona and of quality journalism, I can’t think of many positions to which the term “dream job” might apply, but this is one of them. I look forward to connecting with you, both on our blog and in the magazine, and I look forward to your feedback. If my first month is any indication, I’m really going to love it here.

You can follow Noah Austin on Twitter: @noah_austin

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Arizona Highways on NPR

Dawn Kish, Baby Sue, Kelly Vaughn Kramer

(L-to-R) Dawn Kish, Baby Sue, Kelly Vaughn Kramer

In the upcoming March issue of Arizona Highways, Managing Editor Kelly Vaughn Kramer writes about a Havasupai medicine woman named Dianna Baby Sue White Dove Uqualla. In November, Kramer ventured into the Grand Canyon to meet with Baby Sue and receive a blessing; however, she wasn’t alone. Joining her on the 8-mile journey to Supai (plus another 2 miles to reach the campground where they stayed) were photographer Dawn Kish and KJZZ reporter Laurel Morales, who reported the story for Fronteras: The Changing America Desk.

Baby Sue, Laurel Morales, Dawn Kish

(L-to-R) Baby Sue, Laurel Morales, Dawn Kish

“We have a relationship with KJZZ here in Phoenix, wherein they track a few of our stories,” explains Kramer. “The trip to Havasu Canyon to visit Baby Sue seemed like the perfect fit for a collaboration because hers was such a great story and the trip itself would provide some great opportunities for audio.”

Morales captured Kramer’s blessing and talked to her about the experience, giving readers a glimpse into both an Arizona Highways writer’s experience and process, and a world that so few of us will ever see.

You can listen to Morales’ report here.

 

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Arizona Highways Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

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Silly white elephant gifts waiting to be opened… and stolen.

As the holidays near, we at Arizona Highways took time today to celebrate with a white elephant gift exchange, some very good food, and, of course, great company. We thought we’d share a few photos from our lunch … As for who scored the best white elephant gift? Well, my vote goes to Debbie Klein, who stole a pair of plastic green chili pepper earrings from Barbara Denney. Well played Deb. Well played. I expect you to wear those earrings all the time.

From our family to yours, happy holidays!

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