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Evolution in L.A.

Evolution in L.A.

Hello and salutations to all my blog followers out there who have been ignored for the past couple months! There’s this thing that has been getting in the way of my photo blog blogging… and for the past six months that’s been my new position at the Los Angeles Register as the Community Engagement Editor. […]


Ready, Willing and Able

Ready, Willing and Able

Sometimes between the city council election and city government stories I get to spend an afternoon with somebody who really warms my heart with their attitude and story. Liz Cantine, a Palos Verdes woman who teaches children with special needs to dance, was just that kind of person. She was glowing, chipper, full of energy […]


Collector and inventor turns 100 – and blows my mind with his skills

Collector and inventor turns 100 - and blows my mind with his skills

I want you to meet an amazing man… This is Lowell- On August 25, Hermosa Beach resident Lowell Stirratt celebrated 100th his birthday and entered an elite group of people who have been alive a century. “I’ve lived to be 100 because I don’t sweat the small stuff,” Stirratt said. “Laugh and be happy. If […]


This story makes me smile… | On assignment | Easy Reader News

This story makes me smile... | On assignment | Easy Reader News

From Old Hollywood to New Hermosa, couple spends nearly 70 years together   Ken Green, 92, and Ann Green, 90, have been married for 67 years. “No,” said their daughter Carrie. “68.” Ann still thinks it’s 67, despite her daughter’s calculations. The couple have three children, Dona, Carrie and Kenneth, and live in a duplex […]


SEA lab photo students

SEA lab photo students

I wanted to share this cute photo of two of my photo students taking pictures at the Redondo Beach SEA lab. Thank you for showing us around Tyler! If you live in the South Bay area, be sure to check out the South Bay Art Department! Photography classes are every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Hermosa Beach | Exploring a new beat | Easy Reader News

Hermosa Beach | Exploring a new beat | Easy Reader News

Newsflash for everybody who doesn’t talk to me daily (you know who you are) or follow me on Instagram… I’m no longer the Easy Reader News Redondo Beach reporter. After over a year and a half covering Redondo, I relinquished the biggest beach city to a new reporter, and I was moved to Hermosa Beach. […]


Butterfly Release | Easy Reader News

Butterfly Release | Easy Reader News

This was a fun one…


Working Life | Tattoo Artist | Easy Reader News

Working Life | Tattoo Artist | Easy Reader News

I’ve started up our “Working Life” column again by following around some local Hermosans during their day-to-day life. It’s fun to get to peek into somebody else’s life for a day or two, and it’s a great way to get used to my new beat. The best part is, it’s part of my job!


On Assignment | Busted by the cops | Easy Reader News

On Assignment | Busted by the cops | Easy Reader News

I spent a Saturday evening with the police and shot this picture of a minor that was busted for having a water bottle of rum. Unfortunately because of the subject, I wasn’t able to publish it in the paper- but I personally love it. His mom was called and showed up very angry…


Working Life | Pet Transport | Easy Reader News

Working Life | Pet Transport | Easy Reader News

I’m working on a new “Working Life” story that I’m really excited about. It’s about a pet transportation company based in Hermosa Beach that’s being featured in a new TV show called, “Animal Movers.” The people that work there truly love all creatures great and small… (Story finished and HERE)


Photography Class | Model Project | South Bay Art Department

Photography Class | Model Project | South Bay Art Department

Photography class at the South Bay Art Department was really fun last weekend! It was a dreary day, so the shadow and light-themed class was pushed to another day, and we designed a whole new project out of what we found in the studio! Thanks for a fun afternoon Mia, you’re one straight-shooting photographer! If […]


Dalai Lama crowd outtake

Dalai Lama crowd outtake

The Dalai Lama came to Long Beach and I had so much fun watching the crowd…


Profiles in Education | Ed Iwasaka | Easy Reader News

Profiles in Education | Ed Iwasaka | Easy Reader News

Stories like this are why I love being a journalist… Ed Iwasaka spends his day smiling. Even while he’s sweeping the floors or cleaning a bathroom, the maintenance operations worker at Hermosa View Elementary School always finds a way to laugh. “I was sweeping the floor and I made a ‘moo’ sound,” said Iwasaka. “The […]


Beach Valentines: Long Distance Young Love

Beach Valentines: Long Distance Young Love

When Jordan Dobler was in 7th grade, she attended the wrong English class. Even though the lesson wasn’t right for her she had found something else that was: Alec Amescua.

“That’s when I first saw her,” said Alec, now a high school junior. “She was the most beautiful girl I had seen and I knew that I liked her a lot.”

Soon the two were torn apart.

“She switched out of the class, which really made my heart sink,” said Alec. “So, we naturally didn’t talk much after that for awhile, but all of a sudden awhile later she got my phone number from a mutual friend and we started talking more, which grew into a relationship.”


Top Chef Runner-up Brooke Williamson portrait

Top Chef Runner-up Brooke Williamson portrait

Our favorite Redondo Beach chef Brooke Michelson got second place in this season’s Top Chef. When I say favorite, I actually mean it too. If you’re in the area definitely check out her restaurants Hudson House in Redondo Beach and The Tripel in Playa del Rey. John went balls-to-the-walls covering her success and watched almost every […]


Go Kart Kid

Go Kart Kid

    Henry Morse is the fastest 12-year-old in the South Bay and he hasn’t even taken his driver’s test yet. Morse, a spry, dark-haired middle school student who wears a black, foreboding racing suit on the weekends, was the youngest racer invited to the 2012 World Kart Championship in Essen, Germany. He competes against men […]


Homeless in the South Bay: In their own words

Homeless in the South Bay: In their own words

Casio ‘Joshua’ Joshua, a 27-year-old from New York, likes to be called Casio. He was given the name by friends when left his home-state of New York at 17. He is an upbeat man with a wide chipped-tooth smile that flashes frequently. Casio wears a plaid shirt and a hat and carries a small backpack. […]


Balancing Act- A modern day circus family surviving and thriving in the 21st century

Balancing Act- A modern day circus family surviving and thriving in the 21st century

The Weiss family is one of the last modern-day circus families. They travel almost year-round in a 44-foot RV, traveling 3,000 miles and often performing two shows a day. Parents Jon and Laura were high school sweethearts. After Jon graduated from Clown College the couple married in the center ring dressed in their performing clothes; […]


Therapeutic Riding | Ride to Fly | Rancho Palos Verdes

Therapeutic Riding | Ride to Fly | Rancho Palos Verdes

I’m working on a story about therapeutic riding for our ‘health and fitness’ issue of Beach Magazine, and I’m having trouble editing 30 pictures down to 10. I think I’m going to have to cut one of my favorite images out of the story  (my friends and I call it ‘killing puppies’)… so I wanted […]


Featured Artist | Joel Kowsky | Space Shuttle Polaroids

Featured Artist | Joel Kowsky | Space Shuttle Polaroids

One of the wonderful photographers I went to the University of Missouri with has recently come out with a spectacular site that totally fascinates me. It features beautiful polaroid photographs of the final few years of the American space program taken from an unique perspective. Over the past few years 25-year-old Joel Kowsky has been […]


Recent stories in Redondo Beach…

Recent stories in Redondo Beach...

At the Easy Reader News we’ve been working very hard on many different articles for the holiday season. Along with our usual articles, we’ve been pounding the pavement to find some exceptional stories in our little part of the world. The week of Thanksgiving the staff produced a cover story about the local homeless. After […]


Couture Kirstie Kelly

Famous couture wedding dress designer Kirstie Kelly, who designed the first Disney dress collection, got the unfortunate fate of having me write a profile on her for our monthly Beach Magazine. I knew  NOTHING about wedding dresses, or even fashion, and she was wonderful and gracious enough to walk me through her design process and educate me […]