Joel M. Horn is an award-winning writer and editor who has spent most of his professional career in professional and college sports. He worked for the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks for 14 1/2 years, serving as the Diamondbacks’ senior director of publications from 1996, two years before they began playing at the major-league level, until he left the organization in 2006. He subsequently was the marketing and communications manager for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University, director of publications for the Texas Rangers, director of programming for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and, most recently, sports information director at Grand Canyon University.
He also was an adjunct professor for three years at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and is a long-time freelance jazz writer, having interviewed Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jason Moran, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut, among many others. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including the IABCCopper Quill Award of Excellence in the Feature Writing category, second place in the Personality Profile category and 11th place in the Sports Writing category in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Intercollegiate Writing Competition, and the Eugene C. Pulliam Memorial Scholarship. He assisted Dr. Douglas Anderson with a revision of his sports writing textbook, “Contemporary Sports Reporting,” and wrote anecdotal segments for the book “A Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Phoenix Suns.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Arizona State University.
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