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Tempe lands in top 5 of best US college towns

PHOENIX -- Tempe's college scene and overall appeal has helped push the Phoenix suburb to a top-five finish among American college towns, based on a website's ratings.

Livability.com said Tempe, home to Arizona State University, combined a big-city experience with a college-town atmosphere. The ranking is based on shopping opportunities, an active nightlife, a diverse economy, recreational facilities and warm, sunny days, among many other factors.

The site also pointed out that ASU played a major role in the city's economy, providing more than 11,000 jobs, and is home to more than 60,000 students.

Two other western cities made the cut -- Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho) came in at No. 8, and Logan, Utah (Utah State)finished second.

Ames, Iowa, which is home to Iowa State University, came in at No. 1.

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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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