As a high school student in Honolulu, I had to get permission to work at my school newspaper as a sophomore - a privilege usually limited to upperclassmen. I was editor by my senior year and moved to Florida to study mass communications at the University of South Florida, mostly because of all the great newspapers in the state. Before I started my first course in journalism, I was already working as a full-time staff writer at The Tampa Tribune. After covering everything from rezoning to frozen strawberries in Plant City, I headed back to Hawaii to write about politics for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. One Christmas Eve, on a trip back to Florida, the St. Petersburg Times offered me a job. In the past 30 years, I have married, had two children and raised seven puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs. All the while, I continued to write as a correspondent and have produced the Taster’s Choice column for the Times for the past 15 years. I’m looking forward to continuing that column in my new role as editor of Bay Magazine and sharing all of my loves - food, family, friends and fur babies.