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.

Contact Steve Shadley at sshadley@rioradio.org.

Title Publication Date
New Excise Tax On Water Goes Into Effect In Phoenix July 22, 2014
Federal Sequester Leads To Cuts At Arizona Programs For Aging July 21, 2014
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Arizona Rural School Districts Facing Teacher Shortages July 17, 2014
Pulte Group Wants To Build Homes At Ahwatukee Golf Course July 17, 2014
Chandler's Compadre Baseball Stadium To Be Demolished July 15, 2014
McCain Promotes Bill That Addresses 'Humanitarian Crisis' At The Border July 11, 2014
EPA Finalizes Pollution Controls At Six Arizona Facilities July 10, 2014
Tucson's Symbolic Statement On Central American Migrant Children July 09, 2014
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ADOT Delays Repairs On I-10 Deck Park Tunnel July 07, 2014
AZ Heritage Fund Grants Available For Wildlife Projects July 02, 2014
Tucson Records Third-Hottest June Ever July 02, 2014
U of A Professor Claims She Was Fired Over Medical Marijuana Research July 01, 2014
AZ Supreme Court Rules Patients Can Sue For Legal Expenses In Malpractice Cases June 30, 2014
Supreme Court Prepared To Rule On Birth Control Under Health Care Act June 30, 2014
Arizona Reacts To Supreme Court Ruling On Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Protests June 26, 2014
New Study Says High School Dropouts Cost Arizona Billions In Lost Productivity June 26, 2014
Photo Exhibit Documents Damage Of Yarnell Hill Wildfire June 26, 2014
Wal-Mart Will Open A Supercenter At Metrocenter June 24, 2014
Al Melvin Ends His Campaign For Governor June 23, 2014
Barber Gets House Approval For Continued A-10 Military Jet Funding June 20, 2014
Citizens Commission Investigating AG Tom Horne June 20, 2014
Phoenix Police Department Creates New Precinct Boundaries June 19, 2014

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