As a reader, I often wonder who is behind the stories I am reading. What they look like, where they come from and how they ended up at that newspaper or website. So, to kick off Lakewood Patch's About Town column, I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Jennifer. Jenn to my friends; Mommy to a small, argyle-clad guy often trying to escape from his stroller. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Lakewood plotting how to become the next Lois Lane before heading to the wheat fields of Pullman. For the next four years, I bled crimson and gray, learned to love snow and worked on a journalism degree from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. I got my start in newspapers right out of college as a copy editor at The Seattle Times, and after four and a half years, turned my focus to freelance sports writing for several local newspapers. Now, I am excited to embrace community journalism, something about which I first became interested in college. You'll likely find me out chasing down leads about what's going on in Lakewood -- hopefully nothing that requires a rescue by Superman -- to give readers a real look at this great city. And while I know this town inside and out, I can't cover every inch at all times, so I welcome tips and suggestions.
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