ASU was where I was educated, but the State Press newsroom (basement of the Matthews Center) was where I was formed. I’m no longer a journalist by occupation, but not a week goes by where I don’t use something I learned in that ‘dungeon.’ I’m on the hiring committee of a Phoenix law firm, and I regularly use skills I learned hiring student journalists for the paper. The peers, advisers, mentors and lifelong friends I made at the State Press still feature prominently in my life. Case in point: My first glimpse of my future husband came while I was covering a night cops reporting shift and he was with a group of dorm-mates carefully following all of the rules and procedures applicable to the Honors College dorms. He went on to become an opinion columnist and editor at the paper, and I progressed to city editor, managing editor, night editor (until the late nights got to me), and eventually editor-in-chief. Carefully preserving Tom Blodgett’s poor, tortured fanny pack for future posterity was also an incredible highlight from those years.
Sara (Thorson) Agne, married to Tim Agne