Borba, daughter of Rocky and Tammy Borba, will cover regional issues, including stories on local business, community initiatives and agricultural updates. Though Borba, 22, is a native to Patterson, she has spent the past four years attending school in Santa Cruz, where she obtained high honors as a magna cum laude representative of the English language department.
“It is with my deepest condolences that I should leave Santa Cruz, but if I were to spend my time anywhere else, I am glad it is here in Patterson,” Borba said. “My friends, my family, and my hometown are genuinely important to me. What better way to give back to the community that shaped me than to become an active and engaged citizen?”
Borba has served as an interim editor of City on a Hill Press, a weekly student publication at her college, as well as a writing tutor and creative writing editor for UCSC’s writing department. She served as an intern at the Patterson Irrigator in the summer of 2012 before becoming a government and agricultural journalist for the Turlock Journal.
“Although I will miss the Journal, I am blessed they gave me my first opportunity to become a serious writer. I hope to instill their unwavering work ethic into Patterson’s own newspaper,” she said. “They are good friends and great neighbors for Patterson to have, and I know they feel the same way about us.”
Borba said she was ecstatic about reconnecting with old acquaintances and making new connections now that she is home.
“I’ve been gone for four long years, so I’m pretty eager to see everyone who made a difference in my life, whether that be a teacher, fellow student or acquaintance,” she said. “I’m also excited to meet the politicians, fire chiefs, police force and valuable community members who make Patterson the charming, country town that I’ve come to love.”
Borba said she enjoys working at the Irrigator because of the small-town connections and easy networking capabilities that a small-town life has to offer. Her hobbies include reading classic American literature, writing novels and cohorting with friends and family.
“I feel like I’ve missed so much in my absence. Now is my chance to reclaim that lost time,” she said.