Steve Shadley photoKJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Steve Shadley is no stranger to the issues shaping Arizona.

Shadley started his public radio career more than 30 years ago while pursuing a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University.  Since then, he's worked as a reporter and news director at public radio stations in Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Madison. He also served as an All Things Considered host for WBEZ, Chicago and a capital reporter for California's statewide public radio network. He was serving as a producer and Morning Edition host in Tucson before joining the KJZZ team.

Shadley enjoys covering environmental stories, the arts and politics.  When he was a state capital correspondent in California, he produced a series of reports about the state's 23 billion-dollar budget deficit as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with lawmakers to approve state employee furloughs and deep spending cuts.

One of the most remarkable events he covered was the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake that struck during game three of the San Francisco World Series on October 17, 1989.  Shadley's home, which was near the quake's epicenter in Santa Cruz, CA was severely damaged.  "I didn't have running water or electricity for about a week after the quake and one of my clearest memories was sleeping under a tree in the yard because we weren't sure if the aftershocks would take the house down."  In the weeks following the quake, Shadley sent reports to NPR and he helped organize town hall meetings as the community recovered from the disaster.

Arizona's colorful political scene has also kept Shadley busy through the years.  He's covered some of the state's most high-profile political corruption scandals, including a 1990's sting operation when some lawmakers were videotaped accepting bribes in exchange for votes supporting casino gambling legislation.

Shadley says, "There's never a shortage of interesting issues to cover in Arizona and that's where public radio really shines.  We get to provide rich sound, and three-dimensional reports that go beyond the headlines."

Arizona’s landscape also has an allure for Shadley, who has hiked across the Grand Canyon three times.

Shadley is an avid reader, an aspiring oil painter and science fiction fan.

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Titlesort descending Publication Date
Federal Court Upholds Uranium Mining Ban On Land Around Grand Canyon September 30, 2014
Federal Health Care Enrollment Jumps Up In Arizona March 12, 2014
Federal Sequester Leads To Cuts At Arizona Programs For Aging July 21, 2014
Fewer Arizonans Applying For Food Stamps Since End Of Recession September 17, 2014
Fewer Bird Strikes At Sky Harbor Airport July 21, 2014
Field Of Candidates Narrowed For NAU President June 06, 2014
Final Public Comment Period Underway For Proposed South Mountain Freeway September 29, 2014
Fire danger high in southeastern Arizona over holiday weekend March 30, 2013
Fire Restrictions Lifted At Five Arizona National Forests This Week July 16, 2013
Flagstaff Starts Leasing City Sidewalks To Outdoor Cafes March 21, 2014
Flake, McCain Introduce VA Reform Bill June 03, 2014
Former Congressman Renzi's Request For New Trial Denied October 25, 2013
Former Congressman Rick Renzi Sentenced On Federal Convictions October 28, 2013
Former state lawmaker selected to promote Obama Health Care Act May 07, 2013
Four Arizona Airport Traffic Control Towers on FAA Closure List March 07, 2013
Fundraiser Underway To Buy Colorado River Water For Mexico Wetlands September 07, 2013
Furloughed Civilian Workers Ordered Back To The Job At Arizona Military Bases October 07, 2013
Glendale City Council Set To Vote On Sales Tax Extension June 16, 2014
Glendale Launches 'Warrant Wipeout' Program June 10, 2014
Glendale Police Working On Security Strategy For Super Bowl 49 February 14, 2014
Glendale's Warrant Wipe Out Sees Small Turnout June 17, 2014
Gold Nugget Stolen From U Of A Science Museum June 04, 2014
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Gov. Brewer Appoints New Adjutant General Of Arizona National Guard August 28, 2013
Gov. Brewer signs Medicaid expansion bill June 17, 2013