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Women Of The West: Georgie White Clark

Arizona boasts of many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. We all know the impact that Sandra Day O’Connor and Rose Mofford had here, but what about those who are lesser-known?

Last year, The Show introduced five women who made their mark on the state. And this year for Women’s History Month, meet five more Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state’s history as part of the series Women of the West.

Today, we’ll hear about a woman who was a pioneer in more than one sense.

"I met Georgie White when I was 25 and she was around 75, through just the mutual love and interest in doing rivers and river trips. And she had been one of the original pioneers that had started it. And it just so happened we connected over some equipment that we had purchased to do some private trips. And she asked me on a trip to do with her as a swamper, and that's how our friendship started."

That’s Teresa Yates Matheson, a good friend of Georgie White Clark. Clark ran river trips down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

A swamper, by the way, is someone who works on a Grand Canyon river trip for free.

The Show spoke with Matheson about her friend and asked about her first impressions of Georgie White Clark, the pioneering river guide who continued into her 80s.

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Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.