Michaela Garstin joins the Similkameen Spotlight

I look forward to reporting for the Similkameen Spotlight.

Michaela Garstin

Michaela Garstin

I moved to Princeton recently from Dawson Creek, where I was a reporter at a daily newspaper.

I was shocked nearly every day by the beauty of northeast B.C. Driving to different communities around Dawson Creek showed me a side of the province I never knew existed.

Princeton and the rest of the Okanagan region is known for idyllic views and outdoor activities. I can’t wait to explore more.

But it was the residents – the people who provided me the interesting stories – who were the best part of working in Dawson Creek. That sounds utterly corny but I’m not just saying this – it’s true.

I hope to get to know the residents of Princeton as well as those in Dawson Creek.

Working at the fast-paced Dawson Creek Daily News was a blast, and I look forward to reporting for the Similkameen Spotlight.

In the last couple months, I’ve had the chance to write for The Province and The Canadian Press.

I was born in Fredericton, N.B. but have lived almost my whole life in Vancouver.

I found my passion for reporting at the Langara College journalism program.

While there, I won a Jack Webster Student Journalism Award and a B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association award.

Before journalism school, I worked for Olympic Broadcast Services Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Although I enjoyed working first-hand with broadcasters from every corner of the globe, I realized that my true passion lay in print journalism.

I have a BA in anthropology for the University of British Columbia. I specialized in First Nation studies and learned how to speak hen’q’emin’em, the Musqueam language, along the way.

If you have a story you would like to share with me, feel free to give me a call at 250-295-3535 or email, editor@similkameenspotlight.com.