An almost native Tucsonan, Kristen Cook has lived in Arizona since she was 6 years old. She attended the University of Arizona and discovered a love of journalism while writing mostly sports features for The Arizona Daily Wildcat. The first big story she broke — about the university president resigning — made her both incredibly excited and sick to her stomach. Though that on-the-verge-of-puking feeling made her doubt her career choice, she went on to work at the Arizona Daily Star for 26 years. She covered courts, crime, juvenile justice and education as a metro reporter. As a features writer, she wrote stories and columns that earned her several journalism awards. Her most prized accolade, however, is as a finalist in the Julia A. Moore Poetry Writing Contest, which honored super sucky poems. She has three kids, but refuses to count how many shoes she has… mostly because of her poor math skills.

Because this is supposed to be a CV, I’m gonna throw out that that my special skills include:

  • Ability to write quickly, with a distinctive voice.
  • Superior online shopping skills; proficient bargain hunter.
  • Uncanny knack for writing “Roses are red” poems for any occasion.
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