Story last updated at 1/7/2009 - 10:50 am
JUNEAU - Libby Sterling has joined the news crew at the Capital City Weekly as a staff writer.
Sterling, 23, was born and raised in Anchorage and has lived in Juneau for almost two years. Previously, she lived in Los Angeles, Calif., where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Biola University.
After too many hot summers in the city, she decided to return to her home state to explore post-college opportunities. Having never been to Juneau before, she initially moved here to be a pedicab driver in the summers, and has also worked as a photography guide for Gastineau Guiding's Photo Safari tour.
"I thought I would only stay until the end of summer, but I'm still here," Sterling said. "I'm hooked."
She has always enjoyed writing, but never pursued it as a career until she was offered some freelance opportunities with the Juneau Empire. She has been writing and photographing for Hooligan since July of 2007.
"Libby's work in the Hooligan caught my eye and I knew she'd be a great fit for the CCW and what we hope to accomplish as a newsroom," said CCW Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland.
Said Sterling: "I've had the chance to interview some amazing people and I feel insanely privileged to be in this position."
Journalism runs in her blood. Her great-grandparents owned and operated a newspaper in Cañon City, Colo., where her grandfather also worked for a number of years. Her aunt has also had a career in journalism in southern California. Her father used to deliver newspapers when he was young, so it is no surprise to her family that she has also ended up in the field. She said she has enjoyed her time entering the world of journalism and looks forward to continuing the tradition.
When she's not writing, Sterling enjoys cycling, adventuring, the arts, and anything to do with music. Whether she is going to a live performances, listening to records, or playing one of her instruments, she said music makes her world go 'round. She currently plays the fiddle in a local band that performs at various venues around Southeast Alaska.
Libby Sterling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.