New education, Calexico reporters join the Imperial Valley Press

March 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTER√ćA and ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writers

As Laura MacKenzie took a tour of the Imperial Valley Press a year ago with her fifth-grade class from Brawley area's Magnolia Elementary School, she thought to herself, "I want to work here."

One year later, she works for this newspaper as its new education reporter.

"I like it. It's busy and that's what makes it fun," she said of her new job.

Having been a teacher, she hopes her experiences in education will aid her in her coverage of educational issues in the Valley.

"It makes me more interested in the issues teachers face and I want them to get the recognition they deserve," she said.

In the future, she hopes to pursue college-level teaching and freelance writing.

A native of the Imperial Valley, she is married to Tim MacKenzie. They met while both were attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.


Another new byline in this newspaper belongs to Aaron Claverie, now covering the Calexico and border beats.

Having been in and out of the Imperial Valley his entire life, the 26-year-old Claverie is no stranger to the region. Before moving to the Pasadena area, he spent his early childhood in elementary schools in Holtville and has returned numerous summers to work at his father's farm near the Heber Beach Dunes.

Claverie is a graduate of Citrus College in Glendora, where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. He's also worked for America Online, CNN affiliate KDCI in Carlsbad and recently completed a newspaper internship with Donrey Media Group in Washington D.C.

He will graduate from San Diego State University in May with a degree in print journalism.

Saying that there are big issues going on in Calexico every day since his hiring, Claverie looks forward to putting together strong Calexico stories.

"There's a lot of stuff that Calexico is embroiled in," Claverie said. "I want to tell stories that the whole country will want to read."

Whether covering issues concerning the New River to border crossing issues, Claverie said he's "competing with some of the best journalists (reporters from other news organizations) in the world at attention-grabbing, important stories."

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