Hal DeKeyser

For more than 25 years, Hal DeKeyser led news organizations in Metro Phoenix including the East Valley, West Valley and Scottsdale as a reporter, photographer, editor, Opinion editor, columnist and publisher. His role has been to start new or turn around existing operations, improving editorial quality and profitability. Currently, he is Director of Product Development for Stephens Media, the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The publications he headed consistently earned statewide recognition as the best in their categories, and he was won individual awards for reporting, news column writing, feature writing, opinion and more. He was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Phoenix Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hal has been president of Hal DeKeyser & Associates, a Valley media and community relations firm that has counted among its clients companies that do development, high tech, media, public relations, politics, entertainment and health care. He has been an editorial adviser to Arizona online community news operations and to newspapers in California. He was chief of staff for Phoenix City Council District 6, advisor to local community news portals and blogger at AZwritingcoach.com and other sites. He formerly was the speechwriter for the Arizona Governor's Office.

He is the co-author, with Siebe Vanderzee, of "Bite the Waxed Tadpole, America's Guide to Hosting International Visitors" and of the upcoming book: "PartnerChats - Must-have conversations for committed couples."

Hal he has been active in community affairs, including stints as chairman of WESTMARC, the Scottsdale Education Foundation, the Chandler Tomorrow Conference, West Valley Arts Council plus campaign or director volunteer roles with, Sun Health, Westside Food Bank, various chambers of commerce and economic development entities, including running marketing committees.

He is a graduate of Arizona State University, a Vietnam veteran, a Realtor and a former U.S. Navy photographer. He is married with two daughters and lives in Las Vegas. Reach him at HalD@WhizBangGroup.com.