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    About Joe

    JOE DONNELLY is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Mission and State (missionandstate.org), an exercise in elegant, dynamic, in-depth digital journalism. Donnelly was hired in January 2013 to start up this nonprofit, Santa Barbara-based project, funded through national grants and local matching funds. When he left in […]

JOE DONNELLY is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. Most recently, he was the executive editor of Mission and State (missionandstate.org), an exercise in elegant, dynamic, in-depth digital journalism. Donnelly was hired in January 2013 to start up this nonprofit, Santa Barbara-based project, funded through national grants and local matching funds. When he left in March of 2014, Mission and State had earned a national reputation and had attracted a deeply engaged and dedicated readership. Read More

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Mutt and Joe

first published in the Los Angeles Weekly a long time ago. by Joe Donnelly A beautiful day in my neighborhood begins with a cup of coffee and my dog, Max. Together we indulge in an early-morning stroll along the root-mangled sidewalks of Bronson Canyon. He sniffs. I sip. I wonder what happened to my youth; he […]

The Spark At Rest

Posted August 20, 2014 by The Argonaut in Columns Jay Adams, the coolest of the Z-Boys cool, 1961 – 2014 By Joe Donnelly Jay Adams rides again during the April 12 Flex Jay Boy Classic at the Venice Skatepark | Photo by Edizen Stowell Maneuvering softly through last week’s screaming headlines about the passings of Robin […]

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Fifty Minutes

Originally published in Slake: Los Angeles, #2 Crossing Over, 2011, Selected for Best American Mystery Stories, 2012, Robert Crais, Editor. By Joe Donnelly and Harry Shannon The client is a balding, sunburned man with soft, forgettable features. Running late, he enters the office at 7:02 p.m. and nearly knocks a small Buddha statue from its […]