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- Ciara Brook Hernandez is an aspiring journalist and Los Angeles County native who is currently attending Cypress College as a journalism major. In the recent spring quarter she was involved with the quarterly writing program at the University of California, Los Angeles where she took classes on creative writing and poetry and prose. In recent years she has volunteered for organizations such as the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012 and the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. She intends to transfer in the spring semester to a four-year university following the completion of her general studies at Cypress. She is looking at several options including University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton. She recalls her interest in journalism manifesting as early as fifth grade when she viewed the controversial box office masterpiece “All the President’s Men” which debuted in 1976 following the resignation of president Richard Nixon. Her inspiration also stems from her personal heroes who include Charles Bukowski, Aldous Huxley, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsburg, a group she regards as some of the most influential writers of their time. She intends to follow in the footsteps of journalists she considers to be exceptional such as Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward, whom she believes to be both the standard and epitome of investigative journalism. Her areas of interest range anywhere from baseball, as a born and raised St. Louis Cardinals fan, to the musical varieties of Nirvana and The Doors. With an expected graduation date of June 2017, she hopes to then pursue her masters in journalism and eventually write for a well-known publication such as the Los Angeles Times.