I first came to pursue writing in high school with the student newspaper, The Stinger, at Camarillo High School. I loved the challenge of making deadlines, crafting creative leads to my stories and interviewing fellow students.
Tim Gallagher, former editor in chief of The Ventura County Star, gave me an opportunity to write for The Star as a freelancer covering high school football games on Friday nights. It started a 15 plus year association with The Star that encompassed writing features, sports and news stories as well as copy editing and photography.
When I stepped away from The Star last fall to pursue professional photography, Gallagher, who now does consulting, again provided an opportunity, this time to shoot head shots and group photos for the Ventura Community Foundation. This proved to be a great chance to connect with a location organization and make inroads into the community.