I WAS ONLY 17 when I started my career as a journalist. I walked into the Medicine Hat News, my hometown’s daily newspaper, and asked Mr. Wright, a bear of a man and the managing editor, if I could follow his reporters around for a while. An aptitude test had shown I would suit journalism–I was good at watching people and asking questions, after all. Soon, they gave me a column called Teen Talk. I saw my name in bold on Saturdays and cashed $20 cheques for telling stories about me and my girlfriends. I was hooked.
Since then, my byline has appeared in publications around the world, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun. Thirteen years after my first story was published, I count myself as lucky to get paid to tell people’s stories.
Missing women prompt protest, Kelowna Daily Courier, Oct. 2017
Father charged as accessory in Taylor Van Diest’s murder appears in court, (Vancouver), The Province, April 2012
Father and son charged in murder of B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest, (Vancouver) The Province, April 2012
Vernon teacher Deborah Ashton found not guilty of having sex with her student, (Vancouver) The Province, March 2012