Judy Hedding became a resident of the Phoenix metropolitan area in 1979. Since her move to Arizona, she's lived in several different communities: Phoenix (two different neighborhoods), Tempe, Mesa and Chandler (two different neighborhoods). The Valley of the Sun — the moniker by which the Greater Phoenix area is widely known — is huge, and Judy has watched this uncomplicated western town morph into one of largest metropolitan areas in the country.
I have been writing about Phoenix for About.com since 2000. In 2017 About.com Travel became TripSavvy. I have been quoted in publications such as The Arizona Republic and the Wall Street Journal, and participated in local radio shows and media events. I travel around Greater Phoenix documenting activities and local trends for residents, as well as for tourists and people considering relocating to the area.
I have participated in many organizations and committees since moving to Arizona, including various Greater Phoenix economic development efforts and business-related philanthropy. I am a Past District Governor, Arizona and Distinguished Toastmaster in the Toastmasters International organization.
I have written thousands of articles relating to the Greater Phoenix area. That includes not only Phoenix, but Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and many other neighboring cities and towns that are considered suburbs of the City of Phoenix. There's a lot to know about Greater Phoenix, and I am constantly adding information to this site about attractions, jobs, environment, transportation, real estate, activities, sports, weather, flora and fauna, and more.
Q: Who is Judy Hedding?
A: I am Judy Hedding, writing for TripSavvy (formerly known as About.com) on the topic of Greater Phoenix, AZ and other Arizona-related travel topics. I'm a real person. I'm not automated or a bot. I have feelings.
Q: I can't find what I'm looking for. What should I do?
A: There are several ways to find information. There are main categories on the left side of the page for browsing topics, and there's search (make sure you use the word "Phoenix" in your search phrase) if you know exactly what you're looking for. At the end of each article there are related topics that you might find interesting.
Q: I saw something that was outdated or wrong in one of your articles. What should I do?
A: Let me know. I'll take a look and make any necessary changes. Please include the URL of the page where you saw the error, since I don't know which of the thousands of pages you are looking at.
Q: How do I submit an event for the calendar?
A: Here are the guidelines.
A Can you give me recommendations for restaurants, attractions, vacation spots, and the best areas to live?
Q. I address all of those issues and more in these articles. Everyone has their own special situation, so if you have a specific question, you can send me an email. If I can answer off the top of my head, I will do so. Honestly, though, I am not in a position to provide spiritual, family, moving, marketing, education, travel itineraries or job hunting advice.
Q. Can you send me the Phoenix Guide?
A. There is no physical guidebook for all the information I provide. It is all online at this website.
Q: Will you link to my website?
A. This is not a directory or a link farm. I don't do link exchanges.
Q. Can I link to one of your articles?
A. Yes, you can.
Q. If I send you an email, will you answer it?
A. Yes, I will, as long as your email isn't rude or profane. It might take a few days.
Q. I sent a nice, polite email, and you didn't answer. Why not?
A. I receive hundreds of emails every day, and some might be inadvertently filtered as spam or lost. You might want to try again in a few days if you don't hear from me. Warning: I can't tell you how many times I have provided a detailed answer to a question only to find out that someone's spam filter won't let my reply through! Please make certain that you include email@example.com in your safe list or white list in your own email program.
Q. Can you help me with my homework or my report?
A. No, I can't. It's been too long since I did homework and I don't know how anymore. Seriously, you need to do your own research.
Q: I just need to contact you. How do I do that?
A: You can send me an email.
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