Lucretia Free, founder and publisher of the Vail Voice newspaper, will give a lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy Wednesday (Sept. 6) about her experiences with the paper and things that are going on these days in the Vail area.
The lecture, “A Newspaper Journey and Growth in the Southeast Tucson Area,” is open to the public free of charge, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.
Free moved to the Vail area with her family in 2001 and soon began publishing a community newsletter, Southeast Side Connections. In 2011 the name was changed to The Vail Voice and the format to a traditional tabloid newspaper, now distributed by mail free of charge to residents in zip codes 85747 and 85641, which have a combined population of about 45,000. Free is also founder-publisher of The Tanque Verde Voice, distributed bi-monthly in the northeast Tucson area in supermarkets, pharmacies and a library.
After Steve Christi was elected last November as a Pima County supervisor representing District 4 that includes southeast Tucson and Vail, he appointed Free as his representative in the Vail area. She is a board member of United Community Health Care and chairs the Small Business Commission and the new 13-member Pima County Transportation Advisory Committee.
At age 19, Free graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1979 with a B. S. Degree in marketing. She received her Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Miami University (Ohio) in 1983, and began her first career as a marketing executive for a series of large, corporate law firms in Northern Virginia and later, St. Louis and San Francisco.
Free created and maintains an internet website, The American Woman Shooter, for women interested in hunting and target shooting that has among its goals educating women about firearm selection, safety and self-defense.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer