Valerie decided she wanted to be a newspaper reporter when she was 28 years old and she successfully convinced the editor of the Platte County Landmark to give it 30 days. It was a unique period of her life when she exuded confidence while fearing she missed her calling after stints as a waitress, bank teller, hotelier, and educator.
Over nearly a decade she has written countless stories on local government, education, lawsuits, community news, crime, and the prison system.
Valerie hails from Park University with a BA in Elementary Education and a post-baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies from Penn Valley Community College. She has received honorable mention for Best Government News Story and joined her Landmark colleagues as recipient of the General Excellence Award in the Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Missouri Press Association.