Tucson Sentinel names Nintzel authorities and political impression reporter

Jim Nintzel (Picture: Paul Ingram, TucsonSentinel.com)

Longtime native journalist Jim Nintzel, who labored as a reporter and editor on the Tucson Weekly for greater than three many years earlier than stepping down final yr, is becoming a member of the Tucson Sentinel employees to function the Authorities & Political Influence reporter.

Starting in July, he’ll turn out to be the native unbiased nonprofit newsroom’s designated watchdog over state and federal authorities points as they impression the residents of Southern Arizona. Nintzel may also be a part of the remainder of the Sentinel employees in preserving our readers abreast of the newest geese, dips, dives and dodges of space political candidates and bureaucrats.

“I’ve lengthy admired what Editor and Writer Dylan Smith and the small-but-mighty group have achieved on the Sentinel over the past decade and I’m thrilled to return to writing about Arizona politics,” stated Nintzel, who was additionally an everyday on Arizona Public Media’s “Reporters Roundtable.”

His beat will embrace enterprise and development tales about discussions and selections in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., at all times by the lens of what it means to Tucson and Pima County.

The brand new Authorities & Political Influence reporter place is backed partially by the nonprofit Report for America, a venture which helps reporters in newsrooms all through the nation. Nintzel landed his first job within the journalism enterprise whereas he was nonetheless attending Alice Vail Junior Excessive, delivering the much-missed Tucson Citizen to his neighbors. He would learn the paper whereas folding his stack earlier than setting out on his bike for his route.

In his profession on the Weekly, Nintzel gained greater than 50 statewide and nationwide journalism awards for his protection of politics, authorities, science and different characteristic writing. He was named a journalist of the yr a number of occasions by the Arizona Press Membership and Arizona Newspaper Affiliation.

Nintzel has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN and different nationwide networks, in addition to serving because the Friday host of AZPM’s “Arizona Illustrated.” After a shake-up at AZPM, he then hosted his personal “Zona Politics” interview program, broadcast on numerous channels. He has additionally been an adjunct journalism teacher on the College of Arizona, instructing the core Reporting Public Affairs course for greater than 15 years. Nintzel joined the Weekly after graduating from the College of Arizona with a artistic writing diploma in 1989, beginning his profession operating errands for the promoting division. Inside a couple of years, he was working as a reporter for the paper.