I never thought I would say the words “I am an editor.” At least not out loud or to anyone in particular. But as I sit here today, those words ring true. I am the editor of Arcadia News. And I couldn’t be more excited.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mallory. I’m an Arizona native, born in Mesa, raised in Phoenix. I started writing for Arcadia News in 2014, while I was a student at Walter Cronkite at ASU. I still remember the excitement I felt when I stepped onto the path leading up to the Hermosa Inn, where my very first assignment took place. 

I remember the tears in my mother’s eyes as she saw my name in an actual, real-life print publication. She cried, I cried. I was so proud to finally be a part of what I had been working toward my whole life. 

I spent a few years living in a small town in Minnesota during high school. While there, I was able to get a taste of that small-town community feeling: you don’t have to lock your doors at night, people wave when they drive past you, everyone knows your name (cue Cheers theme here). 

When I moved back to Arizona and started working at Arcadia News, I realized I had found that same community feeling from the neighbors and businesses in the area. Arcadia feels like a small town within a large city, and I am truly grateful that I get to be a part of that “small-town big-city.”

Now that you know a little about me, I am eager to meet all of you and I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood. It’s great to be here, and thank you for reading Arcadia News.

— Mallory Gleich