I’ve strung words together for a living for three decades, mostly on a freelance basis in essays or newspaper columns, but also as a full-time food/nutrition writer, education reporter and religion reporter. I especially like the God beat, particularly Catholicism, fascinated as I am by matters of faith. I’ve been published in Portland Magazine, The Tucson Citizen, Dallas Morning News, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, National Catholic Reporter and other small venues. I played a small contributing role reporting this story in the New York Times following the Jan. 8, 2011 attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Most recently, I branched out into live storytelling. I’m working on my first novel. My semi-up-to-date website is here and I’m on twitter @rshorton.