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Defender Of Arizona Public Education Funding Stepping Down

For 26 years, Tim Hogan has fought for Arizona’s underdogs as an attorney at the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest.

In his career span, he has fought for public policies with every governor since Fife Symington to Doug Ducey.

The self-admitted watchdog announced last week he will step down as the agency’s director.  When asked why he does not stick around as director, Hogan said the job entails much more than his legal expertise to keep the organization running.

"Our budget's about a half a million dollars,” Hogan said. “And right now almost 80 percent of that is individual contributions.”

A fact that of the position “that requires time and effort. I mean, that's labor intensive."

Hogan is behind the court decision redistributing Arizona’s property taxes between wealthy and poor school districts in 1994.  He also fought for fairness in utility rates.

"He was a really important guy you could not ignore,'' Symington said looking back on Hogan’s work. "I always admired him as a professional.''

Symington didn’t necessarily agree with him in the 1990s, but with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and the pressure of paying for it off his shoulders, Symington admitted Hogan’s work on behalf of school financing were probably ultimately right.

"There had to be some ways to balance out the disparities,'' he said, saying Hogan "used the law to achieve benefits for public education.''

Hogan may be retiring, but he said he’ll be around as education attorneys work on the latest fight for equity in Gov. Ducey’s school construction and repair funding plans.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.