Ahwatukee Foothills News

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Ahwatukee Foothills News
Type Twice-weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) 10/13 Communications
Publisher Renie Scibona
Editor Brian Johnson
Founded 1976
Headquarters 10631 South 51st Street
Suite #1
Phoenix, AZ 85044
United States
Official website ahwatukee.com

The Ahwatukee Foothills News is a twice-weekly paper serving Ahwatukee, Arizona. It has a circulation of 28,000[citation needed]. First published as the Ahwatukee Sentinel in 1976 its name was changed to the Ahwatukee News in 1978. In 1988 it once again changed its name, this time to the Ahwatukee Weekly News. The current incarnation is the Ahwatukee Foothill News.[1] Its education and sports coverage mainly revolves around two local high schools: Mountain Pointe High School and Desert Vista.

The newspaper was owned by Freedom Communications, who sold it to 10/13 Communications in 2010.[2]

Occasionally, the paper is referred to by its initials, the AFN.


Editor & Publisher
Mike Miller - Publisher
Kelly Mixer - Managing Editor
Becky Kedzierski - Office Manager

News Staff
Emily Whitmore - Design and Website Editor
Travis Roemhild - Staff Writer
Allison Hurtado - Staff Writer
Jason P. Skoda - Sports Writer
Beverly Stidham - Calendar Editor, Editorial Assistant


The paper as a whole took home five awards from the 2008 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspapers contest.[3] Being judged in Division 3 (Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000), the AFN took home first place for Departmental News & Copywriting Excellence, and four third-place awards: General Excellence; Best Use of Photography; Community Service/Journalistic Achievement; and Special Section, Newspaper Supplement or Magazine.

Individually, there was one winner: Former sports reporter Ryan Casey won three awards: Best Team, Sport or Sports Beat Coverage (1st place, Desert Vista); Best Sports Story (2nd place, Desert Vista football); and Best Lifestyle Feature Story (3rd place, "A Long Road Back").

(Note: Its sister paper, the Maricopa Tribune also had an individual winner, Brett Fera, in Best Sports Story (1st place) in the Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 category.)

Five current and former staffers won awards at the 2007 Arizona Press Club banquet: Brant Clinard, a photographer, won seven awards, including two first places; Jason Ludwig took home first- and third-place awards for reporting; U. Frank Williams, the former photo editor, took home a second place award; Brett Fera, sports editor, won first place for sports reporting; and Ryan Casey, former staff writer, won second- and third-place awards for sports reporting.[4] Only Fera currently remains with the paper, heading its sports department.


The paper celebrated its 30th year starting in early 2008. Since then, it has been running stories commemorating the anniversary.[5] Another recent project has been a series on transportation, with four stories to date.[6]


The online product, which refers to itself as "ahwatukee.com," now publishes daily updates, between three and six videos a week, and also features staff blogs. Its biggest update days are Monday and Thursday, when all the content from each of the two papers that week has been created and edited.

The staff has also made forays into social mediums, such as Twitter and Facebook.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ahwatukee Foothills News". Archived from the original on May 29, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2006. 
  2. ^ Ducey, Lynn (2006-02-16). "Freedom finalizes deal for sale of East Valley Tribune". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Newspaper Association". Retrieved November 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ahwatukee Foothills News". Retrieved July 8, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Ahwatukee Foothills News". Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Ahwatukee Foothills News". Archived from the original on July 16, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008.