Phoenix New Times
Since its founding in 1970, Phoenix New Times has kept the Valley of the Sun’s feet to the fire.
New Times began as an aggressive, irascible alternative to the stuffy mainstream media, which attacked “hippies” just as it now belittles millennials. And thanks to its early commitment to digital journalism, New Times draws more than 1 million monthly active users to its website, phoenixnewtimes.com. They’re joined by more than 200,000 weekly print readers who consider the paper an unparalleled source of information and insight, from politics and business to music and the arts.
Hard-hitting investigative reports on everything from the misadventures of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Governor Jan Brewer to the state’s troubled justice system have earned New Times a reputation for journalistic fearlessness, and its reporters have been named the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year more than ten times and also taken home numerous awards in the Investigative Reporters & Editors contest and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
In 2007, its editor and publisher were even jailed by Arpaio for publishing articles exposing his misconduct – wrongful arrests that later led Maricopa County to pay a $3.75 million settlement to the journalists.
Along with its hard-hitting journalism, New Times sponsors some of Phoenix’s most popular live events. Its annual Best of Phoenix A’fare, tied to its popular annual “Best of Phoenix” issue, features cuisine from dozens of restaurants from all over the Valley, along with wine, cocktails, beer and entertainment. And at its annual NovemBEER Festival, nearly fifty local breweries serve up more than 100 beer options.