by David Safier
AZ Star reporter Tim Steller posted his new job on his Facebook page. He'll be writing the paper's metro column, replacing Josh Brodesky.
Steller is a strong investigative reporter who's willing to look at stories from new angles. While Brodesky wrote decent "soft" columns, he often made a mess of it when he tried to combine facts and analysis — especially when Rob O'Dell was whispering his Josh's ear (or so it seemed when I read his stuff). I have to say, though, one of Josh's columns changed my attitude in a small but significant way. He wrote a thoughtful, sensitive profile of the guys who stand at intersections selling papers. Since then, I find myself handing the seller a $5 bill now and then, even though I get my paper delivered.
I'll be especially interested to see if Tim writes about education. I've read a few ed articles of his in the past. He has an attitude, and he knows his stuff.
Congrats, Tim. I don't expect to agree with everything you write, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.