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Brian M. Bergner Jr.
Editor

Brian M. Bergner Jr., editor for The Verde Independent in Cottonwood, Arizona, is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has worked in the media business for 20 years. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, in 1997 before graduating from Sedona Red Rock High School in 2001. Beginning his career as a student-assistant sports information director as early as 19, Bergner played NCAA Division III basketball for Concordia University Wisconsin before returning to Arizona in 2004. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations in December 2006, he worked as a sports writer and eventually a sports editor for more than a decade covering high school, college and professional sports. Joining The Daily Courier’s sports staff in 2015, Bergner eventually became a news/sports editor for The Verde Independent’s sister publication in Prescott, Arizona, in 2018. He and his wife Irma have three children, A.J., 9, Emma, 7, and a newborn, Henry. Bergner joined The Verde Independent in July 2021. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @52MediaWorks.

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I sat at the table with my family during Thanksgiving dinner this week and I couldn’t help but realize how lucky I really am.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 26, 2021
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The Arizona Thespian Society recently announced the “Best Musical” award to the ATORT Theatre troupe at Mingus Union High school for the 2021-22 school year.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 24, 2021
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The holiday season typically produces the largest chunk of revenue for many small businesses across the country every year, but with COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of workers, everyone is working harder than ever to support their community.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 24, 2021
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A 19-year-old man wanted for aggravated assault with a weapon and other felony charges out of Coconino County was arrested Tuesday after barricading himself inside a home, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 23, 2021
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State health officials announced that everyone 18 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, according to a news release Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 22, 2021
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State health officials are stressing to families everywhere that it’s more important than ever to plan ahead for a safe and happy gathering during Thanksgiving next week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 19, 2021
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The family of Jody Makuch, a commander with the Cottonwood Police Department who was killed by a drunk driver last year, may finally get some closure after a Yavapai County judge sentenced the man responsible for killing him to 15 years in prison Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 19, 2021
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A tractor-trailer collided with a freightliner traveling northbound on Interstate 17 early Thursday morning, causing it to break through the guardrail and plunge 300 feet down an embankment before catching fire, according to police.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 18, 2021
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A woman who hung out the passenger window of a car and pointed a firearm at another driver during a road rage incident was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison by a Yavapai County judge Wednesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 18, 2021
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Norm Newell recently won a two-day, 36-hole President’s Cup Championship at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in October, making it his third championship in a year to complete a “Career Slam.”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 17, 2021

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