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North Creeker returns from reporting in Africa to share experience

Nicole Dreon skied the slopes of Gore as a youth growing up North Creek. She's now a sports journalist who's searched Africa for the stories of women athletes. Here, she poses with female boxers.

Nicole Dreon skied the slopes of Gore as a youth growing up North Creek. She's now a sports journalist who's searched Africa for the stories of women athletes. Here, she poses with female boxers.

— “Those days from Gore Mountain have been really formative,” said Dreon.

North Creek gave her a great foundation, she said. The community was very supportive, with people who recognized Dreon and her accomplishments.

“It gave me a lot of confidence,” she said.

As she's lived in larger cities, she said she's missed the quirkyness of small town life in North Creek.

People interested in working in journalism like Dreon should get as much hands-on experience as possible, she said.

Get some work submitted to local media outlets and be as well-read as you can, she said.

“Don't get discouraged, you will get heaps of criticism.”

Dreon said budding journalists should follow what they love, and their passion will be apparent in the resulting work.

She added that a little attention deficit disorder is not a bad thing. Having a curious, wandering mind is good, said Dreon.

While North Creek is an amazing home, said Dreon, don’t be afraid to take chances. Get out there and seek new opportunities; you can always come home for a presentation at Tannery Pond.

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