Amanda Garcia
Paul Wellman

JOURNALISM ON THE BRAIN: Put even a small dollop of sour cream on Amanda Garcia’s plate, and she won’t eat anything on it. But give her a story lead to follow, and she’ll devour it with a voracious appetite. The UCSB senior majoring in political science with a minor in English has been in the news game since high school, now holding a top spot at UCSB’s The Bottom Line and interning at The Santa Barbara Independent. In addition to supplementing our newsroom with her writing and reporting, she’s proved to be a big help during our annual blizzard of Film Fest coverage. Follow her work at


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