Shannon Ponn | Credit: Courtesy

Name:  Shannon Ponn

Title:  Intern, Food & Drink

What got you interested in food and drink writing?  My love for unique, independent coffee shops and cafés trickled throughout Southern California. Earlier this year, I reviewed the new Cajé coffee shop on Haley Street for one of my college writing courses, and I realized I was having so much fun doing it. I took a leap of faith and pitched the article to the Independent, and it ultimately earned me this internship.

What do you do outside the office?  I am a full-time student at UC Santa Barbara majoring in Communication. Aside from academics, I am the captain of the UCSB Dance Team. Dance has been a huge part of my life ever since I started at the age of 4. Our team performs hip-hop, jazz, and pom routines at various UCSB sporting events, and in the spring, we compete against other Division 1 collegiate dance teams at USA Nationals. Last year, we ranked 3rd in the nation!

Do you think you’ll stick with journalism?  I plan on staying with journalism for a while. I’ve loved the opportunity to gain real-world experience and travel around the Santa Barbara area, interviewing different people and building my writing skills. I just turned 22, so I am still having fun finding out what my passions are and dabbling in different industries. Aside from journalism, I am interested in marketing, public relations, and teaching.


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