On March 22nd 2017 our Speaker will be Mary Jo Pitzl
If you want to learn first hand about Arizona state policy and politics, come hear Mary Jo Pitzl. She has the inside information as lead reporter for the Arizona Republic.
She has been at the Republic since before term limits took hold and before Phoenix grew north of the Central Arizona Project canal. She has covered a variety of beats, from Scottsdale police to universities, from Gov. Fife Symington to the environment.
A native Nebraskan, she moved to Arizona with degrees in journalism and French and intended to stay long enough to sign on with a wire service so she could be dispatched overseas as a foreign correspondent.
Instead, Arizona and its fertile news climate created the ideal situation for setting down roots. The French degree, alas, has had minimal usefulness, other than keeping the other side of her brain working.