#MediaMonday – Kylie Werner

Happy #MediaMonday! The latest feature comes to us from Kylie Werner, a reporter for Times Media Group who writes for the West Valley View, Peoria Times, and the Glendale Star newspapers.

Where did you grow up? 

I grew up just 15 minutes south of San Diego in a city called Bonita, California. A majority of my family grew up there after moving from the East Coast and I actually went to the same high school my aunts and uncles did. I go back and visit during the summer and for the holidays. 

How did you get your start in writing? Tell us your story and experience.

I’ve always been a writer. When I was younger, I used to write short stories for my family. I love being able to paint a picture and tell a story just using words. As I got older, I became more interested in pursuing it as a career and that’s when I started looking into journalism. I toured the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University during my senior year in high school and it just felt like where I belonged. A little over four years later and I’ve now graduated from Cronkite and now work full-time at Times Media Group.

Tell us about your outlet and beat. What types of pitches are you looking for?

When I first started at Times Media Group as an intern and then part-time I kind of wrote all over the place. Since going full-time my beat has been the West Valley where I write for three papers — West Valley View, Peoria Times and the Glendale Star. I have enjoyed making connections within the West Valley and not only keeping the residents that live there informed but getting to tell some of their stories. I will take any type of pitch; I am always interested in expanding my coverage.

What are your favorite stories to work on?

There are a few types of stories that hold a special place in my heart. I love stories that have anything to do with music as it’s always been my other passion right behind writing. Throughout my career I have also discovered a love for stories on education, health, the arts, businesses, and feature stories.

What are some of your hobbies?

When I am not at work, I can most often be found spending time with my family and friends. I am a huge family person — I am Italian so it’s kind of in my nature — and value any time I can spend with them, especially since moving to Arizona. I also read a lot, it has always been one of my favorite ways to escape reality and live somewhere else for a little bit, just a great way to unwind. If I’m not doing either of those things, then I can probably be found cooking or baking.

Favorite movie? TV show? Book?

My favorite book is Divergent by Veronica Roth and has been since I first read it in middle school. I have now probably re-read it upwards of 20 times. I have always loved the idea that I don’t have to fit into one box or be good at one thing, that I can fit in anywhere if I try and be more than just what society thinks I am or can be. 

Do you have any favorite local spots? 

Even though I have been in Arizona for four years for school I haven’t found too many local spots. I am a caffeine addict, so I love Dutch Bros. One of my favorite places when I was going to school to take friends and family was POMO in Downtown Phoenix. Another place I found while in school that I recommend to people or will go to for a special occasion is Culinary Dropout — their pretzel bites and fondue is a must.

What is the best way to reach you?

The best way to reach me is through my email: kwerner@timeslocalmedia.com

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at Apr 8, 2024

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