Two AZ Republic reporters move on

Updated: May 10, 2021


A K-12 education reporter and a social media producer/reporter find roles in out-of-state newsrooms.

Two reporters for the Arizona Republic have moved on to other newsroom positions out of state.

Lily Altavena, who covered K-12 -education, has left for the Detroit Free Press, where she is covering educational equity issues throughout the state. The Detroit Free Press is a Gannett-owned property as is the Arizona Republic.

She returns to her home state of Michigan after moving to Arizona to earn a master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She joined the Republic in 2017.


Angel Mendoza, who had been a social media producer/reporter at the Republic since 2018, will move to The Washington Post in April. Also a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School, Mendoza will join the Post’s Core Social Team, which owns the paper’s flagship Facebook, Twitter and emerging platforms accounts.

At the Republic, he helped run azcentral.com's main social platforms, developed audience strategy and wrote social media-based stories.

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