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Erik Chalhoub

Current Gilroy Dispatch Editor Erik Chalhoub says he’s always been a writer, starting as young as first grade. He worked with his high school’s quarterly creative writing newsletter, received his degree from Cabrillo’s Journalism program learning how to report and interview, and went on to earn a degree in literature at UCSC. However, it was a return to the Journalism program that truly jump started his career.

“After graduation while looking for a job in journalism, I went back to Cabrillo to brush up on my skills and experience. I took some digital media courses and joined the Cabrillo Voice,” says Erik.

Working with the Cabrillo Voice as a reporter and campus editor...

A.V. Eichenbaum

At 27, A.V. Eichenbaum has spent close to half of their life in journalism. Starting out at age 14 at the Gavilan Press, Eichenbaum is now Editor-in-Chief at the Seattle Gay News, one of the longest-running LGBTQ newspapers in the country.

A.V. attended an early college academy and says they wanted to be a journalist from a very young age. “Superman was a reporter, know what I mean?” they say, laughing. Their first stints as a reporter happened at a formative time in their life,...

Tony Nuñez

Santa Cruz Good Times news editor Tony Nuñez credits the Journalism program for preparing him for his successful career at local newspapers. He began with the mass media course and “fell in love with journalism due to Brad’s electric personality and stories about the field.” As Tony had always been interested in national sports coverage, he started to see a terrific opportunity in sports journalism.

One of Tony’s first assignments was covering the Santa Cruz Warriors training camp, and he found the experience invaluable...

Heidi Nyburg

Screenwriter Heidi Nyburg worked at Netflix as an analyst and a product manager and has always been interested in film and TV. During her time at Netflix, she took a screenwriting course that she enjoyed, so when she left Netflix, she decided to return to school. She had started at Cabrillo years prior but took time off to work full-time and still needed to finish her degree.

Heidi recalls thinking, "I love the idea of creating film and television, and I love writing."

So, she went back to Cabrillo...