Maygan Beckers joined the Woodburn Independent news team last week and is already getting her feet LINDSAY KEEFER - Maygan Beckers started at the Independent Dec. 9.

Beckers, whose first day on the job was Dec. 9, is a June 2013 graduate of University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. While there, she worked for Flux Magazine and took advantage of many freelancing and shadowing opportunities. Before that, she worked as a reporter at The Torch at Lane Community College.

“I knew I wanted to be a writer in high school,” she said. “It was the one thing I was really passionate about.”

Beckers was born and raised in Tigard, graduating from Tigard High School, where she was on the dance team.

Beckers is active in her church and also enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and crafting.

She is excited to start her postgraduate career at the Independent.

“I’m looking forward to growing as a journalist and branching out into a city that I don’t know very well, learning about the people and the community,” she said. “Even my first day was nice, hearing the voices of the community and where they stand.”

The Independent is thrilled to bring her on board.

“Maygan brings a youthful, passionate energy to the news team,” said Publisher Nikki DeBuse. “She is a hard worker who will not only produce quality stories, but will also be able to connect with the community.”

Beckers will cover local city government, including Woodburn, Hubbard and Gervais, local police and fire, and other general assignment reporting duties.

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