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Karin Hill Joins Newspaper as Editor


October 30, 2019

Dear Readers ,

I am so pleased to join the Fountain Valley News as Editor, and I hope to meet many of you in the coming days and months. This newspaper has a long history, one which I admire and aspire to continue to the best of my ability. I am honored to join such a community-oriented organization.

While I realize some shoes may never be filled, I promise to be open to any ideas and suggestions you have. Over the coming months, you may see some changes – nothing scary, I promise! Please feel free to share with me what you love about this paper, as well as requests for coverage. I am just a phone call or email away!

My previous newspaper experence includes several years as a city government and education reporter for a daily newspaper in Arkansas, and a city government reporter for a small newspaper on the central coast of California. I have been a copy editor/page designer, written hundreds of articles ranging from human interest features to hard news, taken my fair share of photos, and covered many events ranging from political to entertainment.

I am a graduate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, where I majored in journalism. My first taste of newspaper editing was at Cal Poly's daily student-run newspaper. Before that, I always enjoyed taking photos for the high school yearbook. Throw in a healthy dose of natural curiosity and a knack for correcting people's writing, and the newspaper world is a perfect fit.

My family moved to this area in May 2017. I have three kids in Widefield School District, and another who's not quite old enough, so naturally school and district news are important to me. I would love to see greater coverage of exciting development in our local schools.

My husband is a military veteran who currently works with local active duty service members, veterans and their families through counseling and other psychological services. We know and appreciate first-hand life in a military community, and I hope to serve our military readers just as well as our long-term residents.

One thing I love most about small hometown newspapers is the way they highlight the positive aspects of their communities: features on local heroes, unique and interesting facts about local history, coverage of festivals and family-friendly events. My goal is to continue to expand on that type of reporting – maybe a regular column featuring reader submissions of random acts of kindness, or something similar.

But good reporting does not neglect the less savory aspects of our surroundings. Some people truly hate reading "bad" news. I get it. Too much bad news can be depressing. However, real journalism strives to shine a light on the dark with a goal of raising awareness and generating solutions.

I have experienced my fair share of "bad news" since arriving here nearly two-and-a-half years ago. My house sustained heavy damage during last year's hail storms. The final repairs were just completed a few weeks ago. I now cringe every time there is a forecast of hail.

My kids still shed the occasional tear over the trampoline they had for only nine months before nearly 100-mile-per-hour winds decided to destroy it. Who knew bomb cyclones were a thing? I grew up in earthquake country and spent nine years in tornado territory, but nothing prepared me for this mess!

Fountain Valley News Editor Karin Hill is shown with her family at Mueller State Park in this personal photo.

Every week I see numerous reports of car break-ins and suspicious characters snooping around neighbors' homes. Dogs and cats getting lost. People struggling to keep up with housing repairs and the cost of living. And don't get me started on the traffic fatalities. Less than 24 hours ago, I was nearly run off I-25 with my entire family in the car because a van driver next to me didn't bother to look before changing lanes. I was literally shaking for a few hours after that close call.

As a sit here writing this, I'm processing the news I received this morning that a dear friend's grandson died of a heroin overdose. These are people in our community. And they are not alone.

These problems are everywhere, and it's heartbreaking.

So, my aim is to provide encouraging news for young and old to enjoy, but also to shed light on real issues facing all of us. Please join me in being a voice for good in Fountain Valley. I can't wait to collaborate with you all.

-Karin Hill, Editor

P.S. There are two "Karens" in the news office now. Karen AuBuchon Johnson (our General Manager) and me. Just remember, I'm Karin with an "i." Sorry for the confusion!!


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