The Acorn


The Thousand Oaks Acorn is a weekly newspaper with a circulation of over 40,000, covering Thousand Oaks along with its surrounding cities and neighborhoods in the Conejo Valley. It was my hometown paper, and I started working for it as a columnist and reporter the summer after my junior year in high school (2011).

From then until the time I left for college, I had established my humor column--called A Dash of Youth--about growing up in suburbia. My column was the subject of a feature in the Los Angeles Times, and it earned a 2nd place California Newspapers Publisher's Association award for columns (2012). I also wrote news and feature stories for the newspaper.

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