City of Residence: Colusa
Occupation: Managing Editor of the Pioneer Review
Family: Neil and Erika Pearson (father and step-mother), Charm and Theron Hopkins (mother and stepfather), David Pearson (brother), Gabi and Jada Garcia (stepsisters)
Describe yourself in three words: Industrious, honest, passionate.
What kind of pets do you have: Penny, a Queensland Heeler Mix, Ella, a brown lab, and Abby, a black lab.
What do you most enjoy about your job?: I enjoy getting to inform the community on the happenings in our county, and the relationships that I’ve built along the way.
What is your dream job?: I truly love what I’m doing now, but as long as we’re dreaming, I wouldn’t mind becoming a full-time outdoors and/or travel writer. Ideally, it would be a gig that involves duck hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling – and getting paid enough to make a living writing about it. Considering that’s what I like to do in my free time, it hardly sounds like a job to me – but we’re just dreaming, right?
What was your first job?: Helping out at Ray’s Bike Shop in middle school, mainly putting together new bikes for Mr. Krause. I was probably more of a nuisance than a help most of the time, but the experience I gained there was invaluable. Working with Ray gave me my first glimpse of what it takes to be a successful professional in this community. If memory serves me, the screensaver on the computer at Ray’s Bike Shop said something along the lines of, “Big time service, small town friendliness.” That’s something I continue to personally strive for in my current profession.
What’s something about yourself that your friends might now know?: I collect first edition books. Like, obsessively.
Who do you most admire?: I admire many different things about many different people, but if I had to pick one person, it would probably be my grandfather, David Driffill, for his patience, loyalty, and kindness. Plus, he’s one hell of a duck hunter.
What is your favorite book or movie?: In terms of books, anything written by Cormac McCarthy. If I had to pick one, it’s a toss-up between “All the Pretty Horses” – the first book in his Border Trilogy – or “The Road,” which is his most recent work. As far as movies go, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Jurassic Park” are up there on the list. The entire Harry Potter series is also in the running, both for books and movies. “The Prisoner of Azkaban” is the best, whether we’re talking movies or books.