Street Scout

Because you’ll always make better decisions with better information.


Street Scout exists to make our community stronger, more informed and more connected. We’re a news organization with deep roots here, but we’re also a modern media company that’s pushing the boundaries of what we think about when we say “content.” Stunning photography, comprehensive neighborhood guides, accurate, timely data and expert analysis provide you with what you need to find the best place to call home. 

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Site founders

Keira Nothaft, director of digital innovation at the USA Today Network and Street Scout co-founder.

As a journalist, every day I revel in the pursuit of finding and telling the truth, informing the public, and holding leaders accountable. I'm driven by the desire to help people make sense of the world and maybe, be compelled to make the world a little bit better.  

I live in Tempe, in a small, tight-knit neighborhood. We share potlucks, ice cream socials and dive-in movies. We carpool, chat and celebrate. My neighbors enrich my life.

We started Street Scout because making the world a little bit better often starts with our neighborhoods. 

Contact me about your overall questions and thoughts about the site. 

Catherine Reagor, senior real-estate reporter at The Arizona Republic/ and Street Scout co-founder.

I have covered metro Phoenix’s real-estate industry for the past 20 years through boom, bust and now, thankfully, a recovery. I’ve won multiple awards for my coverage of the region’s real-estate market. One project documented how big of an economic driver housing is for Arizona. 

I have been able to break, investigate and explain important housing news because of a trusted source - real-estate data firm The Information Market. Its data is powering Street Scout.

I live in a historic home in midtown Phoenix. I am close to my job, light rail, great restaurants and friends. 

I researched neighborhoods across the Valley for Street Scout. And there is something special about every one of them. 

Please contact me with questions, suggestions or comments for our site.

Street Scout team

Pat Shannahan, photographer, videographer and senior content strategist for the Content Innovation Team at the USA Today Network and Street Scout.

I can’t think of a better state for a photographer to live in than Arizona. I love photographing our state and telling stories about the people who live here. 

I live in Chandler within walking distance of a wonderful dog park. You can catch me there most mornings with my furry friends. Another highlight of my neighborhood is its close proximity to wonderful Asian food. Within a mile of my home are restaurants with Vietnamese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean and Thai cuisine, hand-thrown Chinese noodles and Chinese dim sum. 

With Street Scout, we’ve strived for the photography to give each neighborhood and community a sense of place. 

Feel free to share photos with me. They might even end up one the site.
Stephen Harding, developer and senior content strategist for the Content Innovation Team at the USA Today Network and Street Scout.

I believe that an informed public makes better decisions. That's why I got into journalism in the first place: to give people reliable information so they can make better choices and improve the quality of their lives and their community as a whole. That includes giving people the facts about the cornerstone of many of our lives: our homes. 

I'm lucky enough to live in northeast Mesa near Red Mountain, where the views are gorgeous and the individuality of our neighbors is celebrated.

Please let me know if you have any questions about using the site, or if you want to talk about technical issues.

Barbara VanDenburgh, reporter and content strategist for the Content Innovation Team at the USA Today Network and Street Scout.

I am a lifelong Phoenician and take pride in that status, and in the city I have watched grow and thrive. In the 10 years I have worked downtown, the area has transformed into the city’s funky, fun and fiercely beating heart, one worthy of our bustling metropolis. 

A couple years ago, I moved to the historic Coronado neighborhood so I could be close to the action. It’s a neighborhood overflowing with personality: There are chicken coops galore, a peacock that roams 11th Street, and a man who frequently takes his miniature horse for a stroll. The weirdness suits me fine. 

Contact me about arts, events and things to do in the Valley.

Ronald J. Hansen, national politics reporter at The Arizona Republic/ and data analyst.

I believe journalism is at its best when it gives its audience a fact-based summary of the past and actionable information to help shape a better future. The demographic data presented in Street Scout is intended to inform and empower homeowners.

I live in north-central Phoenix and enjoy my views of Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain and the downtown skyline from afar. The charm of palm trees and snow-free winters has never lost its appeal to this Ohio native.

Contact me if you have questions about Census data. 

Melissa Shannahan, features and entertainment editor at The Arizona Republic/ 

I am a native of Arizona, having grown up in the West Valley and currently reside in Chandler. I’m surrounded by amazing, culturally diverse restaurants, a community of dog lovers that meet every morning rain or shine at the neighborhood dog park, and a place where I’m excited to start a family.

I’m thrilled to be one of the guides for Street Scout because it is an honor to show people everything that makes each city truly special and unique. 

Contact me for more information about things to do in a neighborhood that interests you.

Michael Meister, photo editor for The Arizona Republic/ 

I have been shooting and editing photos for The Arizona Republic/ since 1984. 

Josh Susong, news director at and The Arizona Republic.

As a journalist, I’m passionate about finding and confronting truth, about explaining stories in a way that moves people’s hearts or forces them to think in new ways. As an editor, I’m driven to help my colleagues – my team – succeed.

Street Scout, in so many ways, is about the same things. When they have access to the best information, people make better decisions, and ultimately they –and their communities – have better opportunities.

Leah Trinidad, news editing producer at The Arizona Republic/

Over the decade that I’ve lived in south Scottsdale, I’ve been excited to see (and often be a part of) the changes that have come to one of the oldest, most diverse and most dynamic neighborhoods in town. Working on Street Scout reminded me how important it is to find a corner of the Valley that you can be proud to call home, and I hope this site helps others in their quest. 

Kathy Tulumello, breaking news strategist at The Arizona Republic/ 

As a longtime business editor, I worked with a team of reporters who use narratives and data to tell the story about Arizona’s economy. We celebrate the success of our entrepreneurs and businesses and also serve as a watchdog to make sure that consumers are treated fairly.

My cul-de-sac in Tempe is known for its annual holiday cookie exchange and several longtime homeowners. We like to think our location is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

My ties in the community include those with schools, club sports teams and a nearby church, all of which my family connected with because of our Tempe-based friends and extended family.

Contact me if you have questions about the economic data on Street Scout.

Design team

Tricia Reinhold, creative director of the Phoenix Design Studio.

Design is a huge part of all of our lives, whether we know it or not. Design is more than looking at something pretty. Good design can inspire you, conjure emotion or simply point you in the right direction. Everything we do and how we live, design is a part of. The idea of design as it relates to how it connects us all brought me to it as a career, keeps me thinking, learning and passionate about it every day. 

I live in midtown Phoenix, which is filled with so very much to offer just about anyone. It has an array of different styles of architecture, which I love, from adorable adobe-style homes to the beautiful stream lines of Midcentury Modern. I love this area for visual reasons but also because of the people. This area draws creative, progressive thinkers of all ages. When you see these people connect and in action, there’s a special energy and they get things done. It also offers so much culture and activities, all within walking distance. 

I truly hope that Street Scout helps point you in the right direction.

Data experts

Jim Patterson, general manager of The Information Market, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARMLS.

I really enjoy cooking from scratch. The freshest and best quality ingredients make the difference for a great-tasting meal. The same is true with data and good real-estate market statistics. While the formula may be basically the same, in order to get the best results, you need timely and accurate data. We’ve been working in this local market and with this data for the last 30 years. We pride ourselves on getting it right.

Tom Ruff, real-estate market analyst at The Information Market, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARMLS. 

I’ve been working with real-estate data for a long time, meaning I’m old. Our mission has always been to provide the most timely and accurate real-estate data in the Phoenix marketplace, and accuracy is No. 1.

I live in the Alvarado neighborhood, a small historical district in central Phoenix, bordered by the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Gallery. Alvarado’s close proximity to the light rail and downtown leaves me close to the action while its large, irrigated lots offer a pastoral setting with plenty of space for gardening and our dogs to play.

Development team

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