About the Authors
Brian Skoloff is an award-winning veteran Associated Press reporter with extensive experience covering some of the nation’s most newsworthy stories over the past decade, including the 9/11 terror attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Scott Peterson murder trial, the Fort Hood shootings and the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Skoloff has covered the Jodi Arias murder trial’s nearly every twist and turn, and brings his wealth of experience covering the criminal justice system to this gripping tale of love, lust and death. Skoloff began his journalism career at a small Tennessee newspaper in the Smoky Mountains before spending six months traveling the country. He later worked at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., before heading overseas for six months to write weekly travel columns for the newspaper, while also satisfying his wanderlust. Skoloff joined the AP in 2000 in Little Rock, Ark., then moved on to become AP correspondent in Fresno, Calif., later covering the Peterson murder trial and pretrial hearings for nearly a year. He then became a supervisor in the AP’s San Francisco bureau before becoming solo correspondent in West Palm Beach, Fla. Skoloff then took on a special yearlong assignment covering the Gulf oil spill, and was later promoted to administrative correspondent in charge of AP’s Utah operations based in Salt Lake City. He currently is a writer, photographer and videojournalist based in Phoenix. Skoloff grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1996.
Josh Hoffner has been a journalist for The Associated Press for 15 years, serving as the lead editor on dozens of major stories all around the country. He worked on the national editing desk at AP headquarters in New York for five years and later served as the city editor for the New York bureau. In New York, he oversaw a team of journalists that won an Associated Press Managing Editors award for breaking news for its coverage of the “Miracle on the Hudson” when a US Airways plane safely landed in the Hudson River. He later moved to Phoenix and became the Deputy West Editor and Southwest News Editor, his current position. Hoffner has also traveled all around the country to the scenes of major news stories, including the Gulf oil spill, the Virginia Tech massacre, the Rod Blagojevich scandal in Chicago and wildfires in California. Hoffner grew up in the Dakotas and graduated from South Dakota State with a journalism degree in 1998.