Friday, May 29, 2015

Letter from the Editor

When Cayenne was done her internship, the Herald's senior editor wrote her a letter:

Hi Cayenne,

Thank you for joining us in the Herald newsroom this week. I am sorry I missed saying goodbye to you this afternoon. I wished that I had been able to sit with you more to make sure you were getting what you wanted out of your internship. The challenging part about being the top editor is that I have to attend a lot of meetings, which mostly happened to be during your hours here. But please know that you are welcome to follow up with any questions you have or if you want to visit us again. I’d be happy to tell you about how much journalism has changed over the 27 years I have been a journalist. It’s a lot!

I cannot express how impressive your writing is for your age. If you pursue a career as a writer, whether it’s in journalism or some other medium, you have a very bright future ahead of you. I have no doubt you will excel wherever you land.

Good luck with your school presentation about your internship. I hope your classmates find it to be interesting and that they learn a lot about the Herald.

Good luck with your future!


Amy Maestas
Senior editor

Now that's a class act.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Village of Langtang is gone

Cayenne's first story was published today, in the same paper as the news of her elementary school sweetheart's suicide.

Heartbreakingly, her article was about something equally as tragic as a very bright, capable, kind, gentle, popular 13 year old who couldn't see tomorrow through what he was dealing with today. And who had easy access to a loaded gun.

Soul-numbing horror.

All of it.

Well done, Cayenne. May your life's ups far outweigh the downs you'll write about, read about, and experience.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I want so much to write about Nepal, but all I can do is cry.