Hello, El Campoans.

I would like to introduce myself as the education and agriculture reporter for the Leader-News.

I came from The Port Lavaca Wave where I was a reporter for eight years. While I was at The Wave, I wrote primarily features, meeting and writing about many wonderful people with whom I became fast friends.

Toward the end of my time at The Wave, I began covering Calhoun County Independent School District. I had covered many district events, and interviewed numerous administration, teachers and students over the years, but when education became my beat, I began to learn more about the inner workings of a school district, and it fascinated me.

As a Leader-News reporter, I will cover the El Campo and Louise school districts.

While at The Wave, I also covered agriculture and the commercial fishing industry that included shrimping and oystering. That experience was an education in itself with the various crops grown throughout the county and the growing and harvesting seasons, in addition to learning the entities that govern the ag and fishing industries and learning about the changing laws and regulations.

The best part about covering these beats was the people I met along the way. They shared with me their stories of triumph and often of hardship.

I have cherished those stories with every paper I have written from my first education beat as a reporter for The Huntsville Item to my first full time feature writing job at The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal to my first business and industry reporting experience then another stint at feature writing with The Victoria Advocate.

I am excited about covering both of these beats for the Leader-News and the opportunities they will offer me. Not only will I be able to start the process of meeting new people like I did all those years ago in Walker County and most recently in Calhoun County, but I will get to know Wharton County and the communities within it.

I became a journalist because from the time I can remember I have been interested in two things: people and writing. Journalism was a way for me to combine those two interests, and after 23 years in the business, I can honestly say without a doubt that storytelling never gets old even as I grow older.

Thank you for this opportunity. Please feel free to contact me with any story ideas at reporter@Leader-News.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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