For more than 25 years, Hal DeKeyser has led news organizations in the West Valley, Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe, specializing in reorganizing, redesigning and reinvigorating newly acquired properties.
He has been a reporter, photographer, editor, Opinion editor, columnist and publisher. The newspapers Hal has piloted consistently have won statewide recognition as the best in their categories, and he was won individual statewide awards for reporting, news column writing, feature writing and opinion. In 2008, he was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Phoenix Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hal first came to Arizona in 1959, and he has been active in community affairs Valleywide, such as chairman of WESTMARC, West Valley Arts Council, the Scottsdale Education Foundation, the Chandler Tomorrow Conference, plus campaign or director volunteer roles with Sun Health, Westside Food Bank, various chambers of commerce and economic development entities and civic organizations.
Most recently, Hal has been president of Hal DeKeyser & Associates, a Valley media and community relations firm that counts among its clients companies that do development, high tech, media, public relations, entertainment and health care. He is a partner in Copper Media Group, which owns online news, resource and promotional Web sites for Arizona cities, the beta leader of which is www.DigitalPeoriaAZ.com. He is chief of staff for Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. He has been a columnist for the Tribune and the Arizona Republic and editor of West Valley Magazine, and he has been an editorial adviser to Arizona online community news operations and newspapers in Arizona and California.
He is a graduate of Arizona State University, a Vietnam veteran , a licensed Realtor and a former U.S. Navy photographer. He is married with two daughters.
Hal DeKeyser & Associates, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Chief of Staff, Phoenix City Council District 6
Editor and Publisher, WestValley101.com
Editor, West Valley Magazine, InBuckeye.com, Buckeye Sun
Publisher, Northwest Valley Newspapers: Sun Cities Daily News-Sun, Surprise Today and Northwest Valley News, plus Northwest Valley Commercial Print.
Executive editor, Scottsdale Progress Tribune
Editor of the Editorial Pages, Tribune Newspapers
Metro editor, Tribune Newspapers
Editor and publisher, Chandler Arizonan (later Chandler Tribune)
Executive Editor, Tempe Daily News
Reporter, photographer, City Editor - Mesa Tribune
Reporter, photographer, The Associated Press
Reporter, photographer, Simi Valley (Calif.) Enterprise
Photographer, United States Navy
Business Leadership Council
Northwest Valley Chamber of Commerce board
Sundome Performing Arts Association board of directors
Sun Health Corporate Advisory Board
Sun Health Marketing Committee chairman
Valley Citizens League, executive committee, board of directors
WESTMARC Executive Committee, chairman, vice chairman, secretary
WESTMARC Economic Development Committee, chairman
WESTMARC Governance Committee
WESTMARC Executive search committee chairman
Westside Food Bank 30th anniversary campaign board
West Valley Arts Council, board member, vice chairman, Development Committee
West Valley Arts Council - Chairman, Diamond Ball Corporate Committee, chairman, West Valley Cultural and Heritage Assessment and Plan steering committee
Scottsdale Education Foundation, chairman
Scottsdale Leadership advisory board
Scottsdale Partnership board
Chandler Chamber of Commerce board
Chandler Ostrich Festival (originating) committee
Chandler Rotary Club
Chandler Tomorrow Conference, chairman
Tempe Chamber Ambassador
Tempe Kiwanis Club