Photos by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

A. E. Araiza is lifelong Tucsonan and graduate of Pima College and the University of Arizona. Before becoming a photographer, he was a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Coronado National Forest and a substitute teacher. He joined the Arizona Daily Star in 1985 after interning at Newsday in New York. Araiza photographed the devastating Mexico City earthquake. He won a feature-writing award of his family’s cemetery in Cochise County and regularly wins awards in the Arizona Press Club and Associated Press competitions. E-mail: aaraiza@Tucson.com.

Staff photographer Mike Christy was hired by the Daily Star in October, 2012. He's a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is a native of nearby Vail, Ariz. Before he was hired at the Star, he interned with the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette. At the Daily Star, Mike covers the University of Arizona football and basketball teams, including the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments, He has photographed for award-winning immigration projects such as "Divided by Law" and a 12-state bus journey by a Guatemalan family. Email Mike at mchristy@tucson.com.

Ron began his newspaper career in 1978 at the Chronicle Tribune in Marion Indiana. He moved to Tucson in 1981 where he has worked at the Daily Star as a photographer, page designer and photo coordinator. He is a past Photographer of the Year in Indiana and Arizona. His work has also been recognized by the NPPA, Society of Newspaper Design (SND) and Arizona Press Club. His photographs have been published in Newsweek, Time, Chicago Tribune and Der Speigel magazines. 

Mamta froze her fingers to the bone working for the Ithaca Journal in upstate New York before moving to Tucson to work for the Arizona Daily Star in 2003. Awards in annual competitions include National Press Photographer’s Association, Arizona Press Club and Best of the West. Her work has appeared in newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY and many others. She is the only vegetarian in the photo department. Email Mamta at mpopat@tucson.com.

Kelly is a six-time National Press Photographers Association Regional Photographer Of The Year and has been recognized in other contests including Best Of The West, National Association Of Hispanic Journalists, NPPA, the Arizona Press Club and the Associated Press. He has worked in Iola, Kansas, Junction City, Kansas, Salina, Kansas, Wichita, Kansas and Norfolk, Virginia. He has been at the Daily Star since 2003. He has also been published in the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.

Rick grew up in Phoenix, graduated from Arizona State University, and interned at the Mesa Tribune. His first job was at the Tucson Citizen, where he covered UA football and basketball extensively, including the six NCAA tournaments. In 1995, he returned to Mesa as photo/graphics editor at the East Valley Tribune, where his staff covered the Super Bowl, the 2001 World Series, the NBA playoffs and two Fiesta Bowl national championships. He returned to Tucson in 2004 as the Daily Star's director of photography.