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Phoenix, D-backs lead charge to hit the books

D. Baxter puts his feet up and reads to kick off the Read On Phoenix program. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- The City of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming up on a program called Read On Phoenix that asks parents and kids to read 100,000 books by the end of July.

Not individually but collectively. Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said literacy is an issue here -- 25 percent of fourth-graders can't read proficiently. The program's goal is to have every third-grader reading up to speed.

"Kids not reading well at the third-grade level is an indicator that they won't go on and be successful in schools," Hall said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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