Endia Fontanez joins The Arizona Republic as food and dining reporter


Endia Fontanez joins The Arizona Republic as food and dining reporter

I have lived in Arizona my whole life. Earlier this year, I graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, part of a long line of Sun Devils in my family. Over the summer, I covered local politics and news in the West Valley, where I grew up, as a fellow. Now, I’m here to stay as your new food and dining reporter, and I couldn’t be happier. I love living here and sharing stories about my hometown.

My favorite thing about Arizona is its diversity. Geographically, you can visit the desert, the mountains and the forest in just a few hours. Each city seems to have its own unique culture, and the people are diverse, too. And that’s reflected in the restaurants. 

I’ve always loved going out to eat. As a kid, eating out together at restaurants was a big way my family bonded. We were regulars at all of our favorites and had a weekly tradition of going out to eat after school on Fridays.



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