• Candace S. Hughes 480-288-1993 candaceshughes@aol.com Fax: 480-671-1629 Available to cover stories throughout Arizona. Located near Phoenix for immediate assignments. Facebook: www.http://www.facebook.com/people/Candace-Hughes/1539310270 MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/candaceshughes Twitter: http://twitter.com/candaceshughes Web site: http://freelancesuccess.com/homepages/homepage.php?id=1341 LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=4740255&trk=tab_pro
  • First Place: Special articles on government or politics 2006 Arizona Press Women Inc. "Gilbert, Queen Creek libraries not in cards for San Tan residents" "Libraries struggle to keep up with population growth" Honorable Mention Daily Newspapers features "Opening the Parks to all"
  • Second place special articles, travel "Enchanting sanctuary: Horseback Heaven: Riding in Superstition Mountains"
  • Member, Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Master of Science in Journalism, Ohio University, 1988. Outstanding Graduate Student in Journalism Award. Thesis: Content Analysis of City and Regional Magazines. In progress -- Master of Liberal Studies Nature and Science Writing sequence, Arizona State University, 2009-present.
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Ohio State University, 1975.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Assessment Award, English Department, Rio Salado College, 2002-2003.
  • Delegate, National Federation of Presswomen Inc., 2006.


  • Candace S. Hughes 2051 S. Mountain View Road Apache Junction, AZ 85219 480-288-1993 Email: candaceshughes@aol.com Fax: 480-671-1629
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Reporting Free-lance writer, Phoenix and Apache Junction, AZ., writing for azcentral.com, The San Tan Monthly, The San Tan Sun News, The Arizona Republic’s Gilbert and Mesa bureaus, Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors page and Travel Section, Tempe Town News; The Arizona Business Gazette; The Business Journal; Arizona Trend, Phoenix Magazine, The Los Angeles Daily News Travel Section and the Associated Press, 1984-1990, 2004-Present. Staff writer, Daily News-Sun, Sun City, AZ., general assignment reporter, covered police, fire, Deer Valley School District, Youngtown Town Council, Surprise City Council, local coverage of Persian Gulf war as experienced by families of servicemen and women, localized wire stories concerning federal and Supreme Court decisions, features, 3/90-9/91. Education and city hall reporter, The Scottsdale Daily Progress, Scottsdale, AZ., 9/81-2/84. General news reporter, The Yuma Daily Sun, Yuma, AZ., covered schools, police, city hall and general assignments, 9/77-6/79. TEACHING AND RESEARCH Journalism instructor, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ., taught Basic News Writing and Introduction to Mass Communication, 8/97-5/98, 8/89/12/89; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ., 1984 and 1989. English instructor, Rio Salado College, Tempe, AZ., English 102 (research paper), 275 (modern fiction), and 291 (children’s literature). Test and lesson preparation and presentation, curriculum design, faculty evaluation, multi-cultural infusion of educational materials, 2000-September 2005. Graduate associate, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, wrote alumni and employee newsletters, 1979-1981
  • EDUCATION Master of Science in Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1988. Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975.
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Journalism and Women Symposium, Sedona, AZ., September 2005. National Federation of Presswomen, first place award for news writing, 1988. Member of Society of Professional Journalists, Valley of the Sun Chapter, board of directors’ secretary 1988, judge for 2006 Mark of Excellence Feature Writing Category 100,000 plus circulation. Past member, Women in Communication Inc., member of National First Amendment Committee and reporter for Freedom of Information Insight newsletter, public relations chairwoman, judge WICI National Communication Contest – newspaper series and column categories. Past member, Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honorary Society – Outstanding Graduate Student in Journalism Award, Ohio University, 1981. Academic tuition scholarship and stipend, Ohio University, 1979-81. Past member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Magazine Design Contest winner 1981.


  • State parks work to become open to all By Candace S. Hughes Special to the Republic An elderly man eases a wheelchair down the Bunkhouse Trail at Red Rock State Park until he reaches the Kingfisher Bridge. Since he can’t see Oak Creek from the wheelchair, a volunteer helps him stand with a walker to look at the rushing water. “Everyone we bring down here tends to brighten up and have a more positive outlook just by seeing the beauty and smelling the fresh air,” says Joyce Parsons, 72, a Sedona volunteer who with her husband assists retirement home residents in visiting the park.
  • Best day riding is any day you’re riding in the Sups By Candace S. Hughes Special to The Arizona Republic Asked to describe the best day riding in the Superstition Mountains, “any day riding horses in the Supers is the best day,” say Marsha and Jim Lovett of Apache Junction. The couple moved from the city of Apache Junction to an area close to “the mountain” because they realized they had become horse people and wanted to stop boarding their horses. “It’s only our day jobs that get in the way,” says Jim, 49, a program specialist with the Arizona Department of Education. One of their favorite children’s books is Misty of Chincoteague, says Marsha, 47, a reading coach for kindergarten through third graders at Stevenson Elementary School in Mesa. “It’s a lifestyle. It truly is. We try to ride every weekend, but we have to have the day jobs to pay for the horses,” he adds, pointing out the large truck and trailer necessary to haul Rudy, a half-quarter horse and half Arabian, and Dot, a paint.
  • Serenity reigns at Tucson’s Tohono Chul Park By Candace. S Hughes A goldfinch dips its beak in the water at the top of a fountain in the outdoor patio of the Tohono Chul Tea Room. A volunteer offers that the newly constructed base of a sundial is patterned after the stone buildings of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. A guide proudly shows the handmade paper art in the garden’s gallery. I am grateful that she takes my heavy camera while I spend time reading about each work of art. I am drawn -- once again – to Tohono Chul Park on the northeastern side of Tucson. Its rippling water smothers the sound of traffic from Ina and Oracle roads. “We wanted to keep something natural in the middle of all the (surrounding) development so that people could come easily for a few hours and get out of the traffic and learn something at the same time,” says Jean Wilson, who with her husband Richard started in 1968 to piece together patches of desert that would become the park’s core. “It’s probably contrary to what most people would do, but we feel it’s really important for people to have something like this,” she says. The couple, who opened the park to the public in 1985, deeded the property to a nonprofit foundation in 1988, and now lives in Flagstaff. They have seen what was a 37-acre desert preserve grow to 49 acres.
  • Create family tradition by cutting Christmas tree yourself By Candace S. Hughes Special for The Republic Mix a picnic on a snowbank with a hike in the woods to find a Christmas tree and families will have the ingredients for an often-repeated recipe yielding a satisfying family tradition. As long as the weather cooperates and the family is successful in obtaining one of 4,850 Christmas tree permits issued by the National Forest Service this year, the steps to creating a fun holiday custom can be completed fairly easily. This type of Christmas tradition requires some flexibility, planning, the proper vehicle and equipment and some common sense, but as long as these guides are followed the results will be a longer-lasting tree than those found in the lots, says Vinnie Picard, deputy public affairs officer for the Tonto National Forest. “One of the nice things about this is that you’ll get a fresh tree while the commercial trees have been cut two to four weeks before you select them,” says Picard, who adds that applicants should choose a wide variety of areas when filling out the application in order to be successful.
  • San Tan area residents monitor archaeological sites By Candace S. Hughes Special for The San Tan Monthly “This is the United States of America and I can do anything I want,” an off-road vehicle enthusiast proclaimed when found infringing on land near an archaeological site in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. But Georgia Peterson, Denise Head and Alden and Caroline Rosbrook and others in the San Tan area are working to see that these places are protected from further destruction. Confronting the off-road vehicle rider eventually worked to keep him out of the park, but some damage already has been done to ancient gardens and other places of pre-historic and historical significance.
  • Lawyers in state take on First Amendment issues Citizens hurt by government secrecy Candace S. Hughes Special for Jun. 8, 2006 12:00 AM When letters to the editor are challenged for being offensive or when cities refuse to turn over public records, citizens are the ones who are harmed because the free flow of information is impeded, Arizona reporters and First Amendment attorneys say. Arizona journalists honored one of their own in the first case, and chastised a northern Arizona city in the second. Dan Barr of Perkins Coie Brown and Bain and David Bodney of Steptoe and Johnson have been representing Arizona newspapers for more than 20 years in these types of cases.
  • By Candace S. Hughes Special to The Republic Bob Sherman, a park ranger at Lost Dutchman State Park east of Phoenix for 21 years, hikes with members of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. Even on his day off.
  • Firms looking to get into the market early Candace S. Hughes Special for May. 4, 2006 12:00 AM Justine Ji, 32, traveled from China to be an intern at Phoenix-based Avnet because her uncle once helped the technology company establish an e-commerce Web site for Chinese electrical engineers. That is the kind of connection that NPR's Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal says will be imperative for executives who want to do business in the rapidly changing country. "Everybody wants in on China," Ryssdal said of a country that represents one of the world's largest, and largely untapped, consumer markets
  • "Faster, cheaper online data backup available" --http://www.azcentral.com/abgnews/articles/0511abg-backup0504.html