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Joseph Garcia

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Director of Communications and Community Impact
University Staff, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4220
Director
University Staff, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4220
Director, Communications
Academic Professional, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4220
Biography

Joseph Garcia is Director of Communication and Community Impact, as well as Director of the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center.

He joined Morrison Institute in April 2009 after a career in journalism that included experience as a top editor, columnist and news reporter at The Arizona RepublicThe Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.)Tucson CitizenUSA Today and The Associated Press.

His articles, analysis and commentary have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, High Country News, Latino Perspectives, The Denver Post, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, The East Valley Tribune, The Arizona Republic, Financial Times, Cronkite News, The Associated Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

He has appeared on several TV and radio shows, including Horizon, KJZZ Here & Now, POTUS, Arizona Hispanic Connection, Politics in the Yard, CPLC Nuestra Causa, Sunday SquareoffHorizonte, Arizona Week and The O'Reilly Factor.

Garcia teaches at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He previously taught at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

He has a strong connection to Arizona. He grew up in Flagstaff, lived many years in Tucson and has lived in the Valley since 2005.

Garcia is an executive board member of the Arizona Children's Action Alliance and serves on the board of directors for Friendly House, a nonprofit social services organization. He served as an advisory board member of the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), under the auspices of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education; the Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College; the Arizona Student Aid Task Force; and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

He was instrumental in bringing to Arizona its first Citizens' Initiative Review, a voter engagement and education project, in 2014. CIR went statewide in 2016, with Morrison Institute acting as the facilitating host.

Garcia, a former political reporter, has contributed to several Morrison Institute publications, including those related to independent voters, social and traditional media impact on elections, Arizona's emerging Latino electorate and open primaries.

In 2016, Garcia was honored nationally with the Anti-Corruption Award, sponsored by the New York City Independence Clubs, in acknowledgement of “the landmark work the Morrison Institute is doing to understand the emerging independent voter constituency.” In addition to his work on independent voters, Garcia helped bring the Citizens' Initiative Review project to Arizona, where voters study, discuss and explain in everyday language complex ballot propositions.

In March 2018, Garcia testified before the Arizona Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights concerning Arizona's emerging Latino voters.

As director of the Latino Center, he presented to the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Summit on Arizona Latino Education in April 2018.

He presently is working on an innovative project with Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission concerning voter education and engagement.

Garcia earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from UA, and his master's degree in nonprofit leadership and management from ASU.

Education
  • Pima Community College, Tucson, journalism major
  • University of Arizona, bachelor's degree in journalism
  • Arizona State University, master's degree in nonprofit leadership and management
Research Activity
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Fall 2018
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JMC 366Journalism Ethics & Diversity
Spring 2018
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JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Fall 2017
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JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Spring 2017
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JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Fall 2016
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JMC 301Intermediate Reporting&Writing
Fall 2015
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JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Spring 2015
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JMC 201News Reporting and Writing
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JMC 201News Reporting and Writing