I realized that journalism was the path for me during a Spokane City Council meeting in 2015. For one of my early journalism courses at Gonzaga, my class and I had to attend the two-and-a-half hour meeting and write a recap.
As we left the chambers, everyone lamented sitting through the never-ending public comments which resembled something out of “Parks & Recreation,” and a lengthy agenda whose only highlight was the filling of a vacant council seat.
But, I was hooked.
It’s been five years since that Monday night, but the stories I’ve written and controversies I’ve followed have cemented my passion for the job.
Journalism has more than its fair share of critics.
And I’m not blind to the fact the industry is changing. Print papers are shrinking and distrust in the media is growing.
So it’s important to know where your news comes from, because despite what you hear, we’re not the “media elite.”
I’ve lived in Everett for almost all of my life. I went to St. Mary Magdalene and Everett High School before heading off to Spokane for college.
At 23, I’m back working in my hometown and writing stories that I hope resonate with readers, primarily because I know many of you. You were my teachers, classmates, parents of friends or old coworkers at Anthony’s and Arnie’s where I worked as a busser in high school. So getting the story right matters.
And there are perks.
I’m learning from an incredibly talented staff of reporters and editors.
On top of that, it’s nice to have a job that people find interesting and want to talk about (apologies to my roommates in public accounting).
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