Peter Aleshire, an award-winning reporter and editor, has joined the newsroom of the Payson Roundup as a news editor and reporter.
Aleshire has spent the last 13 years as a senior lecturer at Arizona State University in addition to being a freelance writer, editor and reporter for various publications. He was the editor of Arizona Highways for two years, 2005 to 2007, after spending time with The Arizona Republic, the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and the Indio Daily News.
As a journalist, Aleshire has been a managing editor, investigative reporter, covered city hall, medical and science beats, as well as writing hundreds of feature stories about Arizona.
He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on stories on hospital dumping and he has written 12 books.
Aleshire has won many awards from the Arizona Press Club, the International and Regional Magazine Association and the Western Publisher's Association.
At ASU he taught an array of writing classes including reporting, creative nonfiction, business writing and freshman composition. He also advised the student newspaper and developed the paper's Web site.
"He is a great addition to our already fine and award-winning staff," said Tom Brossart, editor of the Payson Roundup.
"Peter will be covering the town governments of Payson and Star Valley, the Forest Service and water issues, along with helping us with copy editing and some page layout," Brossart said.
Aleshire has a bachelor's in history from Stanford along with a master's in communication, also from Stanford.
Aleshire replaces Erin Turner, who took a position in the Valley.