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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Title Publication Date
Evacuated residents allowed to return home near "Dean Peak" wildfire at Kingman July 07, 2013
Arizona college students brace for rise in student loan interest rates July 01, 2013
Doce Wildfire closer to full containment but still challenges firefighters June 27, 2013
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Park Central Mall open again after copper thieves steal water pipes June 25, 2013
Tucson Unified School District has a tight deadline to develop ethnic studies curriculum June 24, 2013
Wallenda tightrope walk over Arizona canyon benefits Navajo Nation June 23, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects June 21, 2013
Tucson City Council approves civil unions ordinance June 20, 2013
GOP Congress members introduce bill allowing states to verify a voter's citizenship status June 18, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency to review Apache power plant's clean air plan June 18, 2013
Gov. Brewer signs Medicaid expansion bill June 17, 2013
New state budget restores some funding for rural counties June 17, 2013
Counties to get larger share of lottery revenues in new state budget June 16, 2013
Voter group threatens to sue over new state's new campaign finance law June 15, 2013
Arizona preservationists update strategy to protect historic landmarks June 14, 2013
Tucson's largest school district hires back 72 laid off employees June 12, 2013
Gov. Brewer's Medicaid expansion bill fails to make it out of House committee June 10, 2013
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Pinal County Board denies Babeu's request for staff pay raises June 05, 2013
Governor Brewer's Medicaid expansion proposal remains stalled in the Arizona House June 03, 2013
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Tucson City Council approves new gun policies May 29, 2013
Allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at Arizona National Guard aired during public forum May 28, 2013
Democrats use public forum to examine Arizona National Guard allegations May 28, 2013