Marisa Gerber, Chingona Cub Reporter, Leaving the Weekly to Go Back Home :-(

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Off to better places you go, kid...
For the past three years, the Weekly has given kiddies straight out of college an opportunity to do a six-month stint with us at a reporter's salary. Our first person was Spencer Kornhaber, who wrote THE definitive piece on Birfer queen Orly Taitz, was a staffer with us for about a year afterward, and is now with The Atlantic--home run! The second person...um, double? You just never know what you're going to with kids raised on the Internet instead of Esquire when it was great.

So it was with slight trepidation that we welcomed Marisa Gerber to our staff around six months ago.

She seemed to have the creds--degree from the University of Arizona, a desire to do investigative reporting, fluency in English and español--but Marisa was only 22, and from Nogales, Arizona, which is essentially an expanse of concrete thrown somewhere in the Sonoran Desert. But she immediately impressed everyone on staff with her enthusiasm, great work ethic, and an unassuming personality that really means a lot in a newsroom that has seen many hotshots over the years try to assert themselves and laughably fail.

Marisa's first cover story was a somewhat known one: Lupe Gomez, the SanTana tax accountant who fundamentally changed Mexican migration remittances forever. It was a good piece, if a bit too obsessed with numbers, but hey: rookie mistake. Not only that, but Marisa exhibited that quality way too rare in young reporters: she improved every day, with every blog post and every news story. Her second cover, "Vaya Con Mom," dealt with a mom torn from her children by this country's crazy immigration system--well-reported, damn-great story.

But all along, Marisa was covering THE OC story of the year: the Kelly Thomas murder. Lunacy, right? A cub reporter taking on such a huge story instead of Moxley or Schou? Not only did Marisa handle it, not only did Marisa do well, not only did she excel, but she hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, down three runs, in Game 7 off a damn eephus pitch. And it culminated with her majestic "The Bullies in Blue," which documented how the Fullerton Police Department had long run roughshod over everyone and anyone. The story was an immediate smash--sources tell me the city of Fullerton is REAL mad at the Weekly right now, and I know that police spokeshole Andrew Goodrich ranted at Marisa after it got published, but fuck them! Marisa did such a great piece that Fullerton activists read the story during the public comments of this week's Fullerton City Council meeting in its entirety.

And now, Marisa leaves us. Today is her final day--we toasted to her yesterday at Memphis in Costa Mesa--and although we desperately wanted to keep her, she wants to go back home for a couple of months to spend time with her family. (Don't worry, Kelly's Army: our own Brandon Ferguson has been briefed by Marisa on the lay of the land and is reporting for duty) Afterward? Any newspaper in this country would be lucky to have her--fuck J-school, METPRO, or any rookie programs. Marisa is already a great reporter--and, best of all? Her potential is limitless.

Vaya con Dios, kid. And consider this your letter of recommendation...

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Marlena Carrillo
Marlena Carrillo

Marisa is a brave and wonderful person.She was with us Kellys Army every step of the way. She reported the TRUTH and that speaks volumes of the quality person she is.I was honored to read her work at the council meeting and look forward to reading more from Marisa in the future.

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Mike
Mike

Spencer Kornhaber's  efforts to write an expose' piece on Orly Taitz will end up in the dust bin of misdirected journalism pieces. Just replace Obama with Bernie Madoff and ask yourself where the real story is- the investigator of a potential criminal or the alleged criminal? Nobody spends millions of dollars guarding an empty box,  and no birther has ever been arrested for lying or presenting false evidence to a judge in a birther case. Perhaps the department of Justice knows why they can't arrest anyone for lying about the Obama birth certificate/certification and his CT SS number.

Juliegallego
Juliegallego

I had the pleasure of meeting Marisa at a wonderful long Thanksgiving dinner given by a mutual friend and honestly she not only gave me hope for journalism she gave me hope for humanity. Any publication would be lucky to have her. Julie Gallego, Business Editor, Orange County Register.

Risinwind70
Risinwind70

Thank you Marisa for such an explicitely revealing article on my neighboring police department.  As the first reader of this the other night at the council meeting, I felt most proud and liberated to let the city we're on to their 'bad boys in blue' shenanigans.And yes, Fuck Goodrich, the FPD messenger of lies and nothing but lies!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"and I know that police spokeshole Andrew Goodrich ranted at Marisa after it got published..."

Excellent work. 

Jon Taylor
Jon Taylor

Marissa - your The Bullies in Blue was a major game-changer for those of us seeking justice and a clean, corruption-less city council and PD here in Fullerton.  Major kudos.  You'll be missed.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

OC Weekly: Minting young ass kickers since 1995... and I'm stunned to find out she's a cub reporter. The Kelly Thomas story and the subsequent cover were awesome.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'd have to say, I'm surprised to learn that Marisa is as young as she is... Good for her... And if thats her pic up there (Creepy old man alert) not bad looking also!

Good Job Marisa and thank you for putting up with my abuse! 

Bill T.
Bill T.

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