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Hello Mukilteo, glad to still be here I Editor's Note


November 8, 2017

To say that my life has changed drastically over the last month would be an understatement.

I went from waking up at 3:30 every morning and driving to a warehouse in Ballard, to driving from my apartment to 5th Street, a block from my childhood home.

I went from driving large trucks full of thousands of dollars worth of construction supplies to talking to politicians in my hometown.

I went from packing 12-foot sheets of drywall to a Qdoba at Sea-Tac Airport to typing on a MacBook Air.

I went from being physically sore and looking for new jobs nearly every day to working for my hometown’s newspaper.

I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in journalism so I could work in this field. Mukilteo is a great town, it’s my hometown, and I am honored to be the editor and reporter for all of you great people.

There have been growing pains, but that’s expected. It’s just a little different when it comes in a public job like the one I have.

The best part of all of this is I can count the amount of angry emails, calls and voicemails on one hand compared to the massive amount of support I’ve received since I started here at the Beacon.

The amount of welcoming emails and calls has made me feel wonderful, and in going to community events and talking to people, it just reaffirms that I’m in the right spot.

In a strange political season, I got thrown into the fire so to speak, starting on Oct. 9, covering a City Council meeting that night and having forums for the election in the following couple of weeks.

To the candidates who ran for office, regardless of if you won or not, thank you for striving to help make Mukilteo a better place. I tried fairly to give each of you equal coverage, and I hope you feel I’ve been fair in that regard.

I grew up reading the Beacon every week. I may or may not have made the Police Beat while at Kamiak when my friends and I were playing “Fugitive” throughout Mukilteo during my senior year.

So, from the tall and lanky kid who attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View and Kamiak after that, who grew up walking to the beach every weekend, eating lunch at Ivar’s and attending the Lighthouse Festival every year, I want to say thank you for the warm welcome, Mukilteo.

It’s been a great month reporting for you and here’s to many more.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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Twitter: @MukBeaconBPG


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