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Check Out Crystal Harrell’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Harrell.

Hi Crystal, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have cultivated a career in journalism for over a decade, receiving my BA in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from Cal State University-San Bernardino in 2018. I have contributed articles and copy editing expertise to Southern California publications like the Los Angeles Times, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs Life, Coachella Magazine, Borrowing Tape, LOCALE Magazine, and Desert Health.

I currently work as Head Feature Writer for Coachella Valley Weekly, where I contribute articles to be published online on a weekly basis. Most notably, I have covered current events, lifestyle, and cultural aspects of the Coachella Valley—amassing to over one hundred thousand cumulative page views. I am also a reporter for the Hi-Desert Star newspaper based in Yucca Valley, CA, where I cover local news pertaining to the Morongo Basin.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In 2016, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Pemphigus Vulgaris. It is a condition that causes sores to appear on the body and gums. I suffered from painful open wounds and several doctor misdiagnoses before finally getting effective treatment, I had just transferred to a four-year university when this happened, and I feared that I would not be able to finish my studies. I graduated on time with honors and am now in remission with my autoimmune disorder.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Writing is what I love to do and where most of my passion manifests. I am thankful to take part in a career that enables me to utilize my skills and interests in a professional setting. I strive to broaden my professional portfolio with stories that uphold a degree of quality, accuracy, and relevance.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice for anyone wanting to get into journalism would be to put themselves out there as much as they can and to take any opportunity that comes their way because there’s no telling where it could lead.

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All photos by Kurt Schawacker.

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