Background

IMG_0980Contrary to popular belief, I find writing about myself difficult.

I was born and raised in the Southern California area — born in Los Angeles, raised in the unincorporated area of Hacienda Heights and now live on the edge of Ventura County. If you asked whether I consider myself a blogger or a journalist, well, I would have to admit I was a blogger first, then I went to school to become a journalist. I became obsessed with journalism at the Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan, where I somehow became known as intimidating, no-nonsense and aggressive. Go figure! I honed my craft at places like the Arizona Republic, City News Service here in LA and really got thrown into the fire at the Glendale News-Press, where I became forever linked to my coverage of the Glendale Police sexual harassment trial. I have covered cops, courts, fire, education, business and politics and after 7 years as an online news producer at CBS2/KCAL9, I am now the features editor of cbsla.com.

Whilst on this journey of being a blogger/journalist, I met this guy who wanted to be a freelancer at the college paper of which I was news editor. Fast forward three or so years later and we got married under an arch of trees in San Pedro’s Pt. Fermin Park. Trinity is a journalist too, so he actually encourages me to run toward the fires rather than away, since he knows that’s what we do. He still doesn’t like my habit of taking pictures while driving, though. And the last two years have been busy — in 2010, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy we named Michael; in 2011, we welcomed another adorable boy we named Christopher.

As for this here blog, I’ve had my online presence since even before blog was a word. I have been blogging straight since April 1998 — even though some of those blog posts have been made anonymously, while I was a newspaper reporter. What do I write about? Anything and everything. I love to write about playing tourist in my hometown, my cat(s) and quirky aspects of my job, but I tend to also enjoy discussions about Christianity, race and journalism, among other things.

Please enjoy your visit with me and if you decide to visit regularly, maybe we’ll have coffee one day. :)

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One thought on “Background

  1. Cheryl Johnson

    Hello,

    My name is Cheryl Johnson and I am contacting you on behalf of Jasmine Waiters. Jasmine is a very motivational and inspiring person! She lives in California and Plays basketball for Notre dame De Namur in California as well. She has written a poem about Gabby Douglas towards the negative comments and haters. She uploaded it to YouTube and received over 9,ooo views within 6 days. It has found its way to ESPN and also to Gabby’s mother, Natalie Hawkins . We are trying to reach out towards the black community in hopes that it make a difference in someone elses life. Please spread the word and check out the video when you have time! Thank you so very much. It is greatly appreciated!

    Cheryl Johnson

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