Post Staff

2016-2017 Staff

Chase Charaba
Editor-in-Chief
It’s absolutely insane to think that I’m one of the co-editors-in-chief of The Puyallup Post for the 2016-17 school year. Last year I served as online/social media manager for The Post, but I became involved in journalism in 2012 as a reporter for the Emerald Ridge High School JagWire, where I eventually became co-editor-in-chief in 2014. I’ve covered a variety of topics throughout the years and I am committed to helping The Post grow into a multifaceted 21st century newsroom. Other than being involved in journalism I write epic/high fantasy novels (book one is sitting at 230 pages), continuously add to my growing collection of 500 vinyl records and make videos on YouTube. I am planning to transfer to University of Washington -Tacoma to earn my Bachelor’s of Science in IT, but my dream is to one day publish my novels.
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Daniel Pollock
Managing Editor
I like writing. I’ve scribbled several short stories, a partial novel and one and a half screenplays. I started writing for fun when I was nine; I was frustrated with the silly mystery books aimed at my age group, so I wrote my own. The story was poorly worded and cliche’ with a rushed ending, but it was my first piece and I’ll never forget the thrill I felt after writing the final sentence. My writing was born from reading. At age 11 I read Dickens and at 13, Fitzgerald and Lee. When I’m not typing words onto a screen, or turning the tan pages of a novel, I cook. Before I was tall enough to ride a roller coaster, I cooked. Everyone I knew thought I would go on to culinary school. But for me cooking is a pastime, not a paycheck. Another hobby of mine is music. I play the piano, and (though, I’ve never actually played one) dream about owning an organ. This is my first job on a newspaper; I doubt it will be the last.
Colton Swanson
Reporter
My mood generally depends on how well the Mariners did. Beard enthusiast. I would love to become a beat writer for the Seattle Mariners but if I’m writing about sports then I will be satisfied. My passion for sports writing began in my junior year of high school when I created a Twitter page dedicated to my thoughts on the Mariners. From there, I found my way onto multiple sports websites where I covered the Mariners and a couple other teams throughout the season. If you need me, Safeco Field is the first place you should check.
Brenna Smark
Reporter
My name is Brenna Smark and I am absolutely honored to be starting my first year at the Puyallup Post as a print reporter. Writing has been a great passion of mine ever since I can remember and the Post has given me the privilege of turning that passion into work. I’m currently working towards my goal of graduating in 2018 with my AA/DTA in Psychology then transferring to UW Tacoma to get my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, as my main career goal is to work for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. This being my first year here at Pierce I am looking forward to diving into this fantastic and exciting journey, and I’d like to think I’m off to a good start. I hope to finish my years at Pierce as a staff member of the Puyallup Post and I’m most looking forward to building more connections with people. If you see me around be sure to say hi!
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Rebecca Dickson
Reporter
As a first time reporter for The Puyallup Post, I am enamored by the chance to experience a new career path. Although I lack experience in journalistic writing, I hold a passion for news media and understanding the world around me. As a student, I aim to transfer to a University in the fall of 2017 in order to study journalism and international relations. My career aspirations include becoming an International Journalist who covers major conflicts or Foreign Service Officer. In my free time, I play Clarinet and Alto Saxophone, hold presidential office in Phi Theta Kappa and American Honors, and volunteer with a multitude of organizations. My morning routine consists of listening to podcasts, meditation, breakfast, and checking the news and my email. My life's philosophy is we must work together to make each other better before we move on to another existence. My greatest wish for students at Pierce College Puyallup is continuous growth in academics, personal relationships, and career skills.
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Suzanne Buchholz
Senior Reporter
I’m attending Pierce College to earn my associate degree. After graduating in spring 2017, I plan on working for a year before applying to a culinary institute. That has been my goal for as long as long as I can remember and I look forward to being able to pursue it. My hobbies include baking, reading, spending time with my family and creating costumes for cosplay. This last hobby is a relatively new one that I would like to focus more on as I attend more conventions, as it’s creative and allows me to interact with people who have similar interests as I do. I applied for my position as reporter on The Puyallup Post because I’m passionate about writing and wanted to use my skills to inform my fellow students of events and occurrences on campus. My first year on the newspaper was fulfilling and educational, and I hope to gain similar experience in my second year.
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Andrea Mendoza
Reporter
I'm a 17 year old who's determined to make a difference in someone's life. I think my purpose in life is to make at least one person smile everyday. I was born in a petroleum exporting country known as Venezuela. Being raised in a Hispanic household, I'm fluent in both English and Spanish and have dual citizenship. I have a wonderful mother, father and sister and they're my support system and thanks to them I'm the person I am today. I’m taking all business courses in order to obtain my business associate here at Pierce College Puyallup. Afterwards, I want to get my masters in business administration at Milgard school of business at the University of Washington in tacoma and own my own company one day. As a reporter for The Puyallup Post I want our readers to feel like they're more than a student and that they're a part of the Pierce College Puyallup community.
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Jared Leingang
Reporter
Hi my name is Jared Leingang and I’m an online reporter for The Puyallup Post. This is my first year reporting for the paper and I am looking forward to it. This hopefully will be my last year at Pierce College and in the spring I will graduate with my AA-DTA and transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in sports journalism. Sports and writing has always been a passion of mine and the opportunity to do both is something I cannot pass up. I am a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and basketball teams as well. If I am not watching or reading about sports I am usually listening to music or reading books. The genre of music I listen to the most is rap. Some of my favorite artists are Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, NF, The Underachievers, and many more. I also like to read fiction books and personal-growth books. I am excited for this upcoming year and will strive to give readers and students the information they deserve.
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James McCraw
Office Manager/Reporter
Hello faithful readers! My name is James McCraw and I’m one of the newest members of The Puyallup Post! I am supposed to tell you all a bit about myself, and here is what I thought of. I am 29 years old, and I was in the Navy for six years. I decided to come to Pierce to get my transfer degree in order to go to my dream college (hopefully) and study Journalism. I am originally from Arizona, but I spent most of my childhood in Oregon. I moved to Washington when I got out of the Navy because my wife is originally from Yakima. My passion (and slight obsession) is comic books. I have been collecting them since I was five years old and my dream job is to be a comic book editor for a major comic book company. Thank you for sticking around long enough to get to this point! I love to meet new people, so if you ever decide to come and say hello I will be more than willing to say hello back!
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Katie Foster
Graphic Designer/Layout
I am Katie Foster and this is both my first year at The Puyallup Post and at Pierce College itself. I am the Layout Editor at The Puyallup Post, and love graphic design and photoshop. I plan to pursue a career in Digital Design and maybe one day become a magazine editor. My hobbies include hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities. A lot of my time is spent cooking, watching Netflix and reading fantasy/ sci-fi books. Some book series I enjoy include Harry Potter, Ender’s Game Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings. I do consider myself a really big geek and nerd. I never get tired of learning new things! I hope to get to know more students here at the Puyallup Campus, so please feel free to come up and say “Hi!” to me at any time.
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Teresa Josten
Adviser
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