Valerie Osier is a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017, and started to work as a freelancer for the Long Beach Press Telegram. Valerie covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze, and came onboard with the Long Beach Post last year to cover crime and breaking news. She loves telling people’s stories, getting out of her comfort zone and experimenting with different ways to tell those stories and engage the community. Val lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones. She’s attempting to become a runner, but we’ll see how that goes. She also loves reading, particularly sci-fi/fantasy, but still (shamefully) hasn’t read some of the basics, including Lord of the Rings.