We’ve got two new reporters joining us here at Tucson Local Media.

Danyelle Khmara is already a familiar byline in these pages. She’s been freelancing for the papers in our family—Desert Times, Explorer, Marana News, Inside Tucson Business, Foothills News and Tucson Weekly—for some time now, writing about border issues, homelessness, domestic violence issues and a whole bunch more. We’re delighted to bring her on full time.

She grew up in Los Angeles, and lived in Mexico for four years before moving to Tucson in 2008.

Danyelle, who is just wrapping up her undergrad degree at the UA School of Journalism this fall, got into the business because she saw it as “a way to use my passion and skills to inform and hopefully better my community.”

Danyelle is excited about joining our team, “because I’ll be covering news that’s the bedrock of the community, and also have the freedom to write about the unique people and events that make Tucson and the surrounding area such an interesting place to live.”

Emily Dieckman also joined Tucson Local Media, as a features writer. She just moved to Tucson after earning a journalism degree at Cal State Fullerton.

She ended up here on something of a whim. “I googled cheap, cool places to live and Tucson came up,” she said.

So far, she likes it here, especially the mix of arts and science, which are two of her passions.

“Everywhere you look, there’s something cool to do,” she said. “This place has something for everyone.”

We couldn’t agree more. Watch these pages: These two are going to be doing some great stuff.

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