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Venita Hawthorne James, Director of Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau, Professor of Practice

Email: venita.hawthorne.james@asu.edu
Office: Room 462
Phone: 602.496.5280 (office); 602.496.5230 (newsroom)

Curriculum Vitae

Courses:
Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau, JMC 478, MCO 570

Venita Hawthorne James is a veteran journalist with more than three decades of experience at The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. She leads the Cronkite News – Phoenix Bureau, in which students cover important stories across the state. She oversees coverage of sustainability and consumer news.

Hawthorne James was drawn to journalism by watching her mother lay out the weekly Iowa Bystander on the family dining room table. Her career began in her native Midwest, where she reported for The Topeka Capital-Journal. She then moved to Arizona, where she worked as a reporter, editor and news executive for more than 30 years at The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com.

Hawthorne James most recently led reporters and editors in the Republic's Community Watchdog operation, dedicated to accountability coverage of city government, growth and development, public safety, K-12 education and reader-contributed content in cities and towns across the Phoenix metropolitan area. She led teams that launched community newspapers and websites in the West Valley and other regions. During her tenure, the newspaper conducted in-person and virtual town hall meetings on major issues and launched the Valley's first virtual school-choice fair for middle school students and parents.

Hawthorne James is a former chapter president and regional director of the National Association of Black Journalists and collaborated with journalists, business and community leaders to host the 25th anniversary NABJ convention in 2000. She also is an alumnus of Leadership West, an organization the trains West Valley residents to create positive change in Arizona.

Hawthorne James is a former chapter president and regional director of the National Association of Black Journalists and collaborated with journalists, business and community leaders to host the 25th anniversary NABJ convention in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.