Terry Greene Sterling

Writer-in-Residence • Affiliated Faculty
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Terese.Greene@ASU.edu
Cell: 602-625-2414
Office: 602-496-5121

555 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


2019: Taught Magazine Writing to graduate and undergraduate students at Cronkite School at ASU, gave writing and storytelling workshops, wrote for The Guardian. Fall 2019: Will teach online Food and Media.

2018: Created, designed and taught online Food and Media storytelling class for Cronkite School. Co-wrote long form stories for The Guardian and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. Helped Cronkite News with long form editing. Gave workshops and storytelling classes for school.

2016 to present: Under contract with University of California Press to co-author narrative nonfiction book about Arizona’s roots in the nation’s immigration divide, and the lessons Arizona can teach about getting past it. Co-author: Public radio journalist Jude Joffe-Block.

2016 to present: Affiliated faculty, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. In fall semester 2016, served as director of borderlands reporting for Cronkite News Service. Mentored, edited students in border-themed writing projects in election year.

2009 to present:  Independent writer and author. Published narrative nonfiction book, Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone (Globe Pequot Press, Lyons imprint). The book tells the stories of undocumented immigrants, their friends, their foes, policy and politics at the height of the immigration wars. The book was excerpted in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast and Rolling Stone. It was used as a text in the Goucher College Creative Nonfiction MFA program, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Marshall University, and was selected as the common read at South Central College in Minnesota. Freelance longform articles published in Longform, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Slate, National Journal Magazine, National Journal, Phoenix New Times, The Arizona Republic, High Country News, Arizona Highways, The Guardian, Phoenix New Times, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting  and other venues.

2008 to present: Writer-in-Residence, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. Led presentations for students featuring Lee Gutkind, Tom French, Richard Just and other creative nonfiction writers. Taught semester-long narrative nonfiction writing classes to graduate and undergraduate journalism students. Conducted creative nonfiction writing workshops, participated in and led panels for writers groups, journalism and bar associations, nonprofits, university gatherings. Interviewed on PBS, NPR, and CNN Espanol.

September 2014 to September 2016: Adjunct faculty, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University.  In semester-long workshop class settings, taught undergraduate and graduate biology, sustainability and journalism students about crafting sustainability-themed creative nonfiction for a general audience. Students were widely published.

October 2012: Poynter Institute - Visiting faculty. Taught mid-career professional writers in seminar titled: Writing and Selling Freelance Stories.

2003 to 2009: Contributing Editor, Phoenix Magazine. Lead longform writer. Wrote profiles of Phoenix characters like Mike Tyson and Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger, wrote narratives about sustainability, border, immigration, criminal justice and culture. 2003-2008: Faculty Associate, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. In semester-long workshop settings, taught narrative writing to graduate and undergraduate journalism students. Taught Graduate Reporting, Undergraduate Reporting, Independent Study and Magazine Writing with focus on Sustainability. Students won prestigious First and Second Place Hearst National Feature Writing awards, Society of Professional Journalists and Association for Journalism Education and Mass Communication awards.

2000 to 2008: Independent Journalist, with stories appearing in salon.com, Newsweek, Newsweek.com, The Washington Post, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways, The Arizona Republic, Preservation Magazine, Nieman Narrative Digest.

1995 to 2000: Staff Writer, Phoenix New Times. Awarded Virg Hill Journalist of Year for narrative nonfiction investigation of white collar fraud in Baptist Foundation of Arizona (stories resulted in court case in which several directors sent to prison, and Arthur Andersen accountants restored stolen funds to victims), Don Schellie Award for feature column writing, Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting. Covered border issues, culture, crime. And, no, Backpage.com  did not exist at the time I worked there. :)

1993 to 1995: Independent journalist, with stories appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Dallas Morning News and other publications. Covered conflict in Chiapas, Mexico, politics and wrote stories of national interest.

1986 to 1993: Staff Writer, Phoenix New Times. Covered immigration, environment, crime, courts.  Awarded Arizona Journalist of Year in 1987 and 1989 for investigative projects on childhood leukemia cluster in polluted part of Phoenix, and pedophile priests hidden by Phoenix Diocese.

1984 to 1986: Freelance Writer for The Dallas Morning News, The Arizona Republic, The San Jose Mercury News, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Magazine, Phoenix New Times.

1983:  Intern, The Arizona Republic.

1979-1983: Manager and Co-Owner, Two and a Quarter Photography Studio, Scottsdale.


Language

Fluent in Spanish.


Education

2004:  MFA Creative Nonfiction, Goucher College
1984:  BA Journalism, Arizona State University


Continuing Education

2018: ASU Master Class for teaching and designing online courses
2016: ASU class for profs teaching students in times of crisis and controversy
2009: Cronkite New Media Academy


Professional Affiliations

Arizona Latino Media Association
Society of Professional Journalists
Investigative Reporters and Editors
Society of Environmental Journalists
Arizona Press Club


Professional Awards

2018: First Place, Immigration Reporting, Arizona Press Club
2018: First Place, Public Safety Reporting, Arizona Press Club
2018: Third Place, Enterprise Reporting, Arizona Newspaper Association
2017: Gold Award, Public Issues Reporting, International Regional Magazine Association
2017: Silver Award – Science Reporting, International Regional Magazine Association
2017: Honorable Mention – Culture Writing, International Regional Magazine Association
2015: Silver Award, Public Issues Reporting, International Regional Magazine Association
2014: Bronze Award, General Feature, International Regional Magazine Association
2013: Gold Award, Public Issues Reporting, International Regional Magazine Association
2011: Silver Award, Environmental Reporting, International Regional Magazine Association
2010: James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting
2008: Society of Professional Journalists Silver Key Award for 25 Years of Notable Journalism
2008: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Magazine Profiles
2008: Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Magazine News Reporting
2003:  Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Magazine Profiles
2000: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, General News Reporting
1999: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Science and Medical Reporting
1999: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Non-Deadline News Reporting
1999: Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Business Reporting
1999: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Investigative Reporting.
1998: Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year
1998: Association of Alternative Newspapers: Second Place, Investigative Reporting
1998: Don Bolles Award for Investigative Reporting
1998: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Diversity Reporting
1997: National Association of Black Journalists: First Place, Feature Writing
1997: Arizona Press Club: Don Schellie Award for Feature Column Writing
1997:  Missouri Lifestyle Award: Finalist, Paul Mhyre Single Story
1997:  Arizona Press Club: First Place, Diversity Reporting
1997: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Religion Writing
1997: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Law and Order Reporting
1996: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, Diversity Reporting
1996: Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Business and Technology Reporting
1996: Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Sustained Coverage.
1995: Society of Professional Journalists Best of the West Contest: Third Place, Immigration Reporting
1995: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Diversity Reporting
1995: Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Long Form Feature Writing
1993: Penney Missouri Lifestyle Award: Finalist, Short Feature
1992: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Sustained Coverage
1992:  Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Long Feature
1991: Society of Professional Journalists Best of the West: Third Place, Environment and Natural Resources Reporting
1991: Arizona Press Club: Second Place: Business and Financial Writing
1991:  Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Business and Financial Writing
1991: Arizona Press Club: Second Place, General Reporting
1990:   Arizona Press Club: First Place, Religion Writing
1990: J.C. Penney Missouri, Certificate of Merit, Women's News
1989: Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year
1989:
Second Place, Sustained Coverage; Arizona Press Club
1989: Second Place, Lifestyle Reporting
1988: Society of Professional Journalists Best of the West:  First Place, Immigration Reporting
1987: Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year
1987: Arizona Medical Association: First Place, Medical Writing
1987:  Society of Professional Journalists Best of the West: Third Place, Project Reporting
1984: Arizona Press Club: First Place, Small Publication Feature Writing
1984:  Arizona Press Club: Third Place, Medium Publication Feature Writing