Paul Atkinson

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Paul Atkinson produces The Show, KJZZ’s award-winning daily news and culture program. He rejoins the newsroom after working with KJZZ’s development team.

Prior to returning to KJZZ, Atkinson served as communications director for the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and assistant director of strategic marketing and communications at the ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He earlier directed communications at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.

In his first stint with KJZZ, Atkinson reported and hosted for KJZZ and produced the station's public affairs program, KJZZ’s Here and Now.

Paul spent nine years reporting and producing “Arizona Horizon” on KAET, Phoenix‘s PBS station. He was a general assignment reporter at Phoenix CBS television affiliate KPHO and ABC television affiliate KIVI in Boise, Idaho. He also reported and anchored at NBC affiliate KYEL and ABC affiliate KSWT television in Yuma, Arizona. Atkinson worked as a video editor and tape coordinator at KGTV in San Diego and as a field producer for CNN and CNN Spanish in Washington, D.C.

Atkinson earned his master’s degree in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University, where he led a nationally ranked speech and debate team.

Atkinson has volunteered with numerous nonprofits and schools over the years and served with many community and professional organizations. He’s won more than three dozen journalism awards, including regional Edward R. Murrow and Emmy awards, and a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. Atkinson has also been recognized as “Best Reporter of the Year” by the Arizona Associated Press Broadcasters Association for his work at KPHO.

He lives in Gilbert with his wife, son and assortment of rescued animals.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Broken Air-Conditioning Contributes To Valley Indoor Heat-Related Deaths Paul Atkinson Sept. 6, 2019
NHL Star Matthews Teases Fans In ASU Hockey Video Amanda Luberto, Paul Atkinson, Steve Goldstein, Lauren Gilger Aug. 28, 2019
New Civic Complex To Be 'Heart Of Goodyear' Paul Atkinson Aug. 24, 2019
Brush Fire Threatens I-17's 'Mystery Christmas Tree' Paul Atkinson, Steve Goldstein, Lauren Gilger Aug. 19, 2019
Allegiant Expands Flight Service, Name Recognition Paul Atkinson Aug. 17, 2019
Tempe Hosts Event For Homeless People With Pets Paul Atkinson, Lauren Gilger Aug. 16, 2019
Arizona Leads Nation In New Mortgage Debt Paul Atkinson, Steve Goldstein Aug. 14, 2019
Gov. Ducey Promotes Mike Faust To Head Of DCS Paul Atkinson Aug. 7, 2019
54 Released From Prison As Part of Criminal Justice Reform Law Paul Atkinson July 19, 2019
Rush To Pay Bills Results In Power Shutoff For 10,000 SRP Customers Paul Atkinson July 18, 2019
Negative News Discourages Law Enforcement Careers Paul Atkinson, Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein July 3, 2019