“Journalism should act as a bridge between a story that must be told to an audience that might not otherwise receive it. Good journalists understand this responsibility; however, great journalists take their charge, meld it with a sense of empathy, and ultimately connect the dots in a way that produces a narrative that fosters a connection where there was previously none. Jennifer Dokes has mastered this ability. She consistently discovers a way to deliver a straightforward, coherent story that results in a more educated reader and community.”
“Jennifer has always been fair and thought-provoking during interviews. She asks the right questions about issues critical to moving communities and organizations forward. Her work on The Arizona Republic editorial board proved she is a gifted writer and editor.”
Marie Lopez Rogers
former mayor of Avondale, past president of the National League of Cities and former member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
“Big jobs are not conferred lightly. For two decades, Jennifer Dokes helped shape and express the institutional voice of The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper. Jennifer is a thoughtful observer of events and an elegant writer, but what really won the admiration of her colleagues is a moral compass that points true north. There’s a reason The Arizona Republic entrusted her with this large role for so many years. She brought competence and conscience to the Editorial Board, a decency that made our newspaper better.”
Editorial page editor, Arizona Republic
“I had the privilege of working with Jennifer Dokes for 28 years at The Arizona Republic. In my role as vice president of community relations, it was a joy to work with Jennifer on community issues and initiatives, from child abuse and domestic violence to drowning prevention and civic engagement. She has the very unique ability to take in an inordinate amount of information, process it through an objective lens and clearly articulate the real story.”