Brooke Edwards Staggs covers cannabis for The Cannifornian and for the Orange County Register.
Journalism has led Staggs to a manhunt in Las Vegas, a zero gravity flight in Queens and a fishing village in Ghana.
The Big Bear native earned her bachelors degree in English from California Baptist University, then got her masters in education as she taught high school English in Riverside County. After four years in the classroom, she left to be a student again herself, earning a masters in journalism from New York University while interning and freelancing for a variety of publications.
Before coming to the Orange County Register in January 2013, Staggs spent five years as a reporter then city editor at what was then another Freedom Communications paper, the Daily Press in Victorville. She won several awards for her work there, including best breaking news story from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Staggs loves travel, dancing and inspiring stories. She hates bell peppers, water slides and injustice. Follow her on Twitter @JournoBrooke.