Mesa News Today – Week of Jan. 2

Here’s to a great 2017!

From the editor:

It’s been seven months since I started Mesa News Today. So why am I doing this?

First, I moved to Mesa with my family in 1970 and have lived here ever since. I love Mesa!

And not only did I grow up here, get married and raise my three children here, but I’ve got other ties to this city.

I started my journalism career at the daily newspaper, The Mesa Tribune, in 1985. I also worked at Independent Newspapers, covering Mesa as a reporter, photographer and News Services Editor. I’m now in my seventh year teaching journalism as a part-time associate faculty member at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Last year I attended the Mesa Leadership Program offered through the city and documented my journey on a blog and through a series of articles in The Arizona Republic. After that experience was over I understood even better how much is going on in this city of ours and how much Mesa has to offer. But I was frustrated by the LACK of local news coverage. The Arizona Republic has a great reporter covering Mesa government, but only one for a city with a population of nearly a half a million people! ABC15 covers some crime news and a few other stories. Others, like the East Valley Tribune and Mesa Independent, offer a little weekly coverage. But in Arizona’s third largest city (and 38th in the nation) I thought we could do better. I think we all want MORE news about what’s going on in our community. It’s important to be informed and we can enjoy living here more when we know what’s going on.

So I started MESA NEWS TODAY. It is designed to curate Mesa news from any and all sources. I also provide original content. It is released as an email newsletter once a week.


My blog is now called You can find the weekly newsletter there as well as other posts concerning Mesa news and events.

There is also a Facebook page with daily updates at Mesa News Today. This week we now have 400 followers! This is a good place to learn about breaking news and current events.

If you like Mesa News Today, please let your family, friends and coworkers know. As we gain more followers and views we can expand and grow our coverage.

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Thanks for being here and being a part of our great community!

Jill Bishop Adair


P.S. Check out this week’s issue:

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