I’ve always called Snohomish County home.
I grew up here and graduated from Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2009. I then attended Everett Community College for about a year, but ultimately decided to drop out. I didn’t really have a plan, and felt like I was wasting time and money.
I worked retail jobs for a few years while I thought about what I wanted to do. I had always been interested in writing and journalism, but was nervous to take the leap.
In 2014, I figured there was nothing to lose and signed up for a news writing class at Everett Community College. I knew I wanted to continue with journalism after that quarter. I felt that as a reporter I’d always be learning about something new.
I transferred to Western Washington University in spring 2015, and worked while going to school full time. Two years later, in June 2017, I became the first person in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Around that time, I applied for a job at The Daily Herald but was told to check back in a few months. I did, and was hired.
I’ve been at the newspaper for nearly two and a half years now. I’ve learned more about my home than I ever expected, while working on stories about the Tulalip Tribes, the Mountain Loop Highway and Naval Station Everett, to name a few.
I grew up about 15 minutes away from Tulalip, but hardly knew any of its history. Last year I wrote about how the native language of Lushootseed had nearly disappeared, but now some are teaching it to younger generations.
I’ve also gotten to explore our county’s natural beauty while working on articles about the history of Camp Silverton and some other sites along the forested mountain byway.
And when Naval Station Everett turned 25, I tracked down as many people as I could to talk about the story that stretched back more than the quarter-century, including long-time Herald reporter Jim Haley.
My colleagues are doing important work every day to keep us all informed as well. Without The Herald, I wouldn’t know about these stories in our county, and you might not either.
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