We've got two new reporters joining us here at Tucson Weekly.
Danyelle Khmara is already a familiar byline in these pages. She's been freelancing for the Weekly for almost a year now, writing about border issues, homelessness, domestic violence issues and whole bunch more. We're delighted to bring her on full time.
Danyelle grew up in Los Angeles and lived in Mexico for four years—where she honed her Spanish-language skills—before moving to Tucson in 2008. She's just wrapping up her undergrad degree at the UA School of Journalism this fall.
Danyelle got into the biz because she saw it as "a way to use my passion and skills to inform and hopefully better my community."
Danyelle, whose son Rio will be 12 years old next month, says she's excited about joining our team "because I'll be covering news that's the bedrock of the community and also have the freedom to write about the unique people and events that make Tucson and the surrounding area such an interesting place to live."
Emily just moved to Tucson after earning a journalism degree at Cal State Fullerton.
"I like talking to people and writing, and that seemed like journalism," Emily says.
She ended up here on something of a whim. "I googled cheap, cool places to live and Tucson came up," she says.
So far, she likes it here, especially the mix of arts and science, which are two of her passions.
"Everywhere you look, there's something cool to do," she says. "This place has some something for everyone."
We couldn't agree more. Watch these pages: These two are going to be doing some great stuff.
— Jim Nintzel, Editor