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In my younger years, I dreamed of one day being a writer. I would write short stories, typically filled with things only the childhood imagination could conceive, and relentlessly make my two older brothers listen to every last detail (when you’re the youngest and the only girl, you can get away with that sort of thing).


Fast forward some several years and here I am. Still writing with that unwavering passion I found as a young child, only now with improved grammar and proper punctuation. I finally learned that not every sentence had to end with an exclamation mark.


Okay, back to what I came here to do. Without any further ado, I would like to formally introduce myself to our readers and to our community. My name is Cara Hallam, and I am the new girl over here at the Turlock Journal. As the Journal’s newest reporter, I will be covering local government, federal and state issues, matters related to transportation, business features, and a bi-monthly health column.  You can also find me rambling about cool places to visit in the Living in the 209 section in Saturday’s paper.


Having lived in Turlock for the entirety of my existence, I have come to know this city like the back of my hand, and love it with my whole heart. Sure, there may be certain aspects I like more than others about this town, but the fact remains that Turlock is the only home I have ever known. And for this very reason, I want to articulate what an honor and privilege it is to be writing for my hometown’s paper – The Journal.


While I was growing up, my father Steve Hallam served the City of Turlock for several years as the City Planner. Now, my dad has taught me a lot of things over the years, but one of the greatest things he ever taught me was the importance of ‘community.’ And Turlock, you have always been a shining example of a phenomenal community.


The way I see it, local newspapers serve as the connecting bridge between a City and its citizens, as it is our duty as a news service to make sure that Turlockers are always well-informed of what is going on in their own town – their home.


And so I promise you, Turlock, to do the best job I can to keep you connected. After all, we’re just all one big community.

To contact Cara Hallam, email  or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.