Bobbie Jo Buel (’79) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
Bobbie Jo Buel has been a fixture in the Arizona journalism community for nearly 25 years. After a brief stint with the Associated Press upon graduation, Buel joined the Arizona Daily Star as a reporter in 1980. She ultimately covered six metro beats before being promoted to assistant city editor, features editor and assistant managing editor. She was named managing editor in 1991 and was promoted to executive editor in October 2003.
Her work with the Daily Wildcat was just as prolific–and got its start with some unusual motivation. On her first day as a Wildcat reporter, Buel recalled in the 1999 Wildcat Alumni Directory, an editor ripped her story up and threw it out the window. She went on to work at the Daily Wildcat as a reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, and legislative correspondent (Don Bolles Fellowship). Buel was named the journalism department’s outstanding graduate in 1979.
Bobbie Jo Buel is president of the Arizona Newspapers Association and a national board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors.