Jana Bommersbach2018-07-23T20:42:39+00:00

Jana Bommersbach

602.918.9906

jana@janabommersbach.com

thedeadgirlinthevacantlot by Jana Bommersbach

Jana Bommersbach’s new book is now available on Amazon!

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This book was launched in May at Changing Hands Bookstore.

https://www.changinghands.com/changinghandsphoenix

300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ  85013

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 Inspirational  Keynote Speaker, Journalist and Author

SEX TRAFFICKING  WESTERN WOMEN   ARIZONA POLITICS

Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona’s most acclaimed journalists. The Arizona Press Club honored her lifetime of achievement with its highest honor–The Distinguished Service Award. The Society of Professional Journalists inducted her into the ORDER OF THE SILVER KEY as an “inspiration to the state’s media community.” She has been Arizona Journalist of the Year and twice was recognized as the nation’s top city magazine columnist. Jana is also a communications expert who has won accolades in every phase of her career: journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker.

Sex Trafficking
Jana’s two-year investigation into the world of sex trafficking for her newest book, thedeadgirlinthevacantlot, left her horrified. The FBI says 100,000 children a year are being sold as sex slaves the the United States of America. Congress says most of them were being sold on an internet site called Backpage.com. The compelling book takes readers inside this world in a very personal way – through teenagers forced into sex slavery; through a tenacious female reporter determined to save them, and through the men who sell them. Jana tells how it all came together – and what’s happening in the real world in real time – in a speech that informs, enlightens and awakens audiences to a problem most don’t even realize is in their own backyard.

Western Women
Women are invisible in western history—their incredible accomplishments buried. History gorges itself on gunfighters and goons, but stays silent on heroic and hell-raising women. So Jana opened her mouth to tell their stories. North America’s first professional female athletes came out of the west; the first female politicians in the nation came out of the west; the first women with full voting rights came from the west—decades before the 19th Amendment. It’s time history was corrected and Jana’s the one to do it!

Arizona Politics
It’s almost a miracle that Arizona was admitted to the Union. Nobody wanted her. It wasn’t until February 14, 1912—50 years after Arizona was named a Territory—that she became the 48th and last contiguous state. There were some good reasons for that anguish and some disgusting excuses, just as today’s politics befuddle and disgust America time and again. Jana has covered Arizona politics for almost five decades, and has studied its earliest history to try and understand this wild and wicked place.

Keynote Speaking

Jana Bommersbach has given thousands of speeches over her career, on everything from her book on Winnie Ruth Judd, to the problems of domestic violence, to politics to overcoming the problems of communicating.
She is direct, pithy, funny, engaging, entertaining and informative.
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Keynote Speaking

Jana Bommersbach has given thousands of speeches over her career, on everything from her book on Winnie Ruth Judd, to the problems of domestic violence, to politics to overcoming the problems of communicating.
She is direct, pithy, funny, engaging, entertaining and informative.

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Journalism

Jana’s journalistic experience covers the entire range, from print to broadcast journalism. She’s watched the profession change and evolve and provides insights into a journalist’s mind and what’s wrong with the profession today.
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Journalism

Jana’s journalistic experience covers the entire range, from print to broadcast journalism. She’s watched the profession change and evolve and provides insights into a journalist’s mind and what’s wrong with the profession today.
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Author

Trunk Murderess - Winnie Ruth Judd
Bones In The Desert
Cattle Kate
A Squirrels Story,
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News Flash

and Up Coming Events

JANA IS NOW A PART OF ARIZONA SPEAKS

Jana is now a member of the popular AZ SPEAKS program of the Arizona Humanities Council. She travels throughout Arizona speaking on women and history at libraries and civic groups.  All her speeches are free and open to the public.

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Jana on KAET’s Horizon Show discussing her historical novel, Cattle Kate, 2014

Interviews with Jana

Sex Trafficking
In researching her newest book, thedeadgirlinthevacantlot, Jana spent two years digging into the deepest corners in the world of sex trafficking. The book brings that world into focus in a most personal way–teen-aged girls forced into sex slavery; a kick-ass investigative reporter convinced she can save them, and the men who sell them.
Watch (Author Spotlight) with Jana Bommersbach.

Jana discusses her explosive new book on sex trafficking, thedeadgirlinthevacantlot,
in this Author Webinar taped July 9, 2018.  Enjoy!!

This explosive Mike O’Neill Show on KTAR radio was so popular, it ran twice. While Jana discusses her new book, thedeadgirlinthevacantlot, guest Francine Haradway defends the man behind Backpage.com–Michael Lacey, currently under house arrest and facing multiple charges of facilitating sex trafficking. The show was taped in June, 2018.

KTAR’s Mike O’Neil Show with Jana and Francine Hardaway

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Jana’s Reviews

Jana’s WILD WILD WILD, Wonderful and Crazy Arizona says it all! Her look at Arizona from its time as a territory that supported a woman’s right to vote to the Arizona of today showed us that Arizona continues to be a wild, wonderful and crazy place to live. She weaves a funny and engaging history of our Arizona – the place we all choose to live, work and play! Thank you, Jana, for being our state convention dinner speaker!
Robyn Prud'homme-Bauer, League of Women Voters of Arizona
“You were outstanding,” Speech on getting involved in your community
Arizona's Corporate Volunteer Council
“We’ve never had such a response…” after a speech on Winnie Ruth Judd.
Mary Maier, Maricopa County Library
“Jana always excels. As a key-note speaker or Mistress of Ceremony, Jana connects with her audiences on a very personal level.”
Paula Cullison, Arizona Women's Partnership that gave Jana its 2009 Humanitarian Award
“We are thrilled to feature Jana as a speaker/author/journalist at Arizona Historical Society museums around the state. She is an asset to Arizona’s past, present and future.”
Society Educator, Megan Gately
“Your presentation was riveting….”
“Jana is a dynamo. She speaks about writing from experience, with clarity, wit and about as much energy as a room can hold….”
Peter Turchi, Director of Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University
“Jana’s passion for delving into the truth comes through in each word she speaks. Your attention is held as she unwraps the stories, layer by layer..”
Cindi Reiss, President, Phoenix Writers Club
“Chico State loves you…what a great speaker, role model, inspiring career adviser you are.”
After guest lecturing for a week at the California college
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