Alyssa Valencia is a Public Relations student at CSULB, aspiring to land a career in content marketing or social media management. Alyssa enjoys attending music festivals, learning about astrology, and supporting small local businesses.
Brigid McLaughlin is a writer, educator, and cat-mom. Born, raised, and educated in Long Beach, she has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from CSULB and enjoys writing stories about arts, culture, and human rights.
Christian Lopez is a reporter and writer, having published numerous stories with the Daily Forty-Niner. Chris specializes in entertainment news and photography, having written and taken photos for numerous special events. He is majoring in Journalism at Long Beach State to help strengthen his abilities. In his free time, Christian likes to walk around taking photos on the street, play video games, and write short stories.
Writer and Editor covering the exciting culture of the Long Beach community. Former News Editor for the Viking News at LBCC. Lover of writing, spirituality, and making playlists on Spotify.
Kimberly Estrada is a writer, editor, and student at Cal State Long Beach. Kimberly is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Spanish. She enjoys writing stories about arts, culture, and health. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog.
I’m a native Angeleno that loves writing, photography, film, and anything vintage! I try to do everything I can (including going out and shopping) on a budget. I am dedicated to exploring things to do in Los Angeles and to my passions.
About the author: Maisie Vilchis is a journalist who is proudly born and raised in Long Beach, California. She got her start in journalism after joining The Viking News at Long Beach City College covering a range of topics such as LA Fashion Week, political protest, opinion pieces on local issues and a variety of lifestyle pieces highlighting the city. Maisie’s love for writing stems from her eagerness to share knowledge about the community she loves while simultaneously uncovering new aspects of it herself.
Rachel Off Duty is a style, travel, and lifestyle blog for fellow badass (or aspiring badass) women and go-getters. Through relatable stories, easy-to-follow tips, and hard-hitting personal essays, I hope to help other women like me take charge of their lives and their style and blur the lines between “on” and “off duty,” whatever that might mean to you. To me, this means endeavoring to create a lifestyle that I love so unapologetically that nothing feels like “work,” and that honestly makes getting out of bed every day more exciting. Call it a 10-year plan, or call it an everyday hustle. But whatever you call it, it’s up to you to make it a reality.
Tatiana Magana, born in Los Angeles but her heart raised in Texas has been writing for over a decade. What started as an outlet to let her emotions out grew into an online blog and eventually, into a career. Food always being another one of her passions she learned to combine the both and became a food writer. She’s previously worked for startup companies like Lokels Only, based out of Downtown Los Angeles, as a community coordinator and for local newspapers like Random Lengths News, in San Pedro, CA as a dining and cuisine writer. She aspires to continue growing and ultimately write for LA Times.
Yesenia Renteria is an up-and -coming journalist originating from Bakersfield, California. She studied journalism at California State University Long Beach, and is most passionate about music but is not afraid to address other fields in entertainment or news. Renteria has experience in opinion writing, enterprise writing and some experience in visual arts such as photography. She loves to write and hopes to write in the entertainment industry one day.