Borba, daughter of Rocky and Tammy Borba, will cover regional issues, including stories on local business, community initiatives and agricultural updates. Though Borba, 23, is a native to Patterson, she has spent the past four years attending school in Santa Cruz, where she obtained high honors as a magna cum laude representative of the English language department.
Borba also served as an interim editor of City on a Hill Press, a weekly student publication at her college, as well as a writing tutor and creative writing editor for UCSC’s writing department.
“I’m honored and excited at the prospect of working with local families, groups and clubs throughout the West Side once more,” said Borba. “I hope to effectively provide compelling information to nearby residents, and am exhilarated to hold this title at such a young age.”
Borba, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has previously worked at the Patterson Irrigator as an intern for the advertising department’s general manager before joining with the Turlock Journal as a part-time reporter.
“The workplace at the Irrigator seemed so ideal, and everyone was incredibly tight-knit. After living in Santa Cruz for four years, it felt nice to be around people who you’ve grown up with, and harbored long last relationships with,” said Borba. “I knew I wanted to return as soon as I left for the Turlock Journal. Patterson has so much to offer if we continue to be optimistic.”
Shortly after joining the Turlock Journal staff full-time as an Agriculture and Government reporter, Borba was asked to join the Irrigator staff once again to be their copy desk chief in May 2013, while staff trained her as editor. Borba takes to the editor’s chair in place of Jonathon Partridge, Patterson Irrigator’s former editor.
“Jonathon is a great editor— full of compassion— and shows an unwavering work ethic for journalism,” said Borba. “I am blessed that he, and other notable staff members, took the time to train me for my duties. Without their influence, the paper would not have continued production.”
Borba said she was most ecstatic about reconnecting with old acquaintances and making new connections now that Patterson has seen some remarkable growth within the last couple of years.
“Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet working at the Irrigator for the last three months, I have been introduced, and re-introduced to so many wonderful people,” she said. “Nothing feels better than being acquainted with local fire chiefs, the police force and valuable community members who make Patterson the charming, country town that I’ve come to love.”
Borba said she enjoys working at the Irrigator because of the small-town connections and easy networking capabilities that a small-town life has to offer. Her hobbies include reading classic American literature, writing novels and enjoying quality time with friends and family.
“I’m overjoyed to see where my life has led me,” she said. “My hometown has always been a source of inspiration and measurement of self-worth.”
Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org