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Trinity PowellsMy career path hasn’t exactly been a straight line. But, then again, whose is? If I had to pin down a starting point, I would say it all began at a Kinko’s in West Covina, Calif.

Yes, you read that correctly — Kinko’s.

That wonderland of copiers and fax machines was where I worked to pay for my college education at Cal State Fullerton. It was at Kinko’s that I first got a taste of Photoshop, Illustrator and a bunch of other design programs.

Now, being a journalism major, I didn’t think too much about all of this at the time. I had my heart set on winning a Pulitzer Prize and setting the world on fire with my hardnosed reporting and breathtaking prose. Little did I know that what I picked up at the now-defunct copy shop would lead me to where I am today.

After graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2003, I started working for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group (Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune) as an intern, and then later as a freelance reporter.

While freelancing for the Highlanders, one of the news group’s weeklies that churns out 11 editions, I was drafted to design several issues. My editors liked my work, and when a full-time position opened up on the daily copy desk, I was promoted.

I did a little bit of everything on the SGVN copy desk: design all three news covers on any given night, copy editing, selecting wire stories; I even got a chance to redesign the weeklies where I started out as a reporter.

Darleene, Michael and Christopher PowellsIt was also during this time that I married my college sweetheart. Darleene and I met while working at the Daily Titan, Cal State Fullerton’s student newspaper. She was my editor when we first met (a fact never lost on her), and now we edit and refine each other, with a gentle hand, of course. We have two amazing boys, Michael and Christopher, whom you can see plenty of on Instagram.

After SGVN, it was on to the Ventura County Star, where I had the opportunity to design everything but the sports section. It was at the Star that I learned how to better manage time, projects and people, helping to run the copy desk periodically and guiding art direction on special projects.

Feeling I was missing out after not taking a stab at sports while at the Star, I moved on to as a staff editor for the national sports website. While at FOX Sports I helped edit and produce content for the homepage, the sections fronts and the sports module on

After two years of working online I've returned to newspapers, designing eye-popping pages for the Orange County Register's expanding local news sections.

I’ve done a little bit of everything over my career so far, and, I must say, I like it that way. I’ve always loved learning new things or building on what I already do well. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so hard work is never a problem, and if there’s ever a jammed copier, I’m your man.

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