Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan. His writing was developed over 20 years as a journalist, working for newspapers in San Diego, Denver, Dayton, Cincinnati and Charlotte. Jon's columns have appeared in newspapers throughout North America. In 2001, Jon returned to Phoenix as a columnist for the Arizona Republic. Before journalism, Jon worked as an ambulance medic in the inner city of Phoenix. He was also a teacher. Educated at Arizona State University and Miami University of Ohio, Jon was also a Knight Fellow in Journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Phoenix's Willo Historic District with his wife, Susan.