About me

  • Recovering journalist; former university academic advisor; currently string words into sentences for a local government communications office.
  • Have covered food/nutrition, K-12 education, higher education and, my favorite, the God beat in my recent past. Wrote a weekly parenting column for seven years and a monthly op-ed column about Catholicism for a decade. Garnered a few reporting, writing and advising awards, but most recent cool moments were doing a live storytelling and having this September 2014 piece about spirituality and depression published in Portland Magazine.
  • Catholic. Believer in grace and ritual and welcome. Think Pope Francis rocks. Think many of his employees have a long way to go before they rock.
  • Obsessively curious, which I think comes from me having the attention span of a gnat. Believe everyone is interesting and has a story, like these wonderful Italian men I met in Cinque Terra awhile back when I asked if they’d let me take their pictures.italy guys
  • Trying to complete two novels in bits and pieces when I’m not working my day job. Love the great outdoors, small children, new cultures, and Godiva chocolate.
  • Married 30+ years and have four pretty-amazing young adult children.
  • Can cause a ruckus when needed, which seems to be about once a week.
  • My pretty-up-to-date-but-not-quite website is here and you can find me on Twitter @rshorton.

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