California native Christopher Jardine joined the Wisconsin Dells Events as the new reporter Sept. 23. Jardine joined the Capital Newspapers team in March as an office manager and editorial assistant, performing editorial functions and writing articles for the Juneau County Star-Times, Reedsburg Times-Press, and Sauk Prairie Eagle from the Mauston office.
“I’m looking forward to being able to focus solely on writing,” Jardine said. “I grew to love journalism when I got the chance to write articles, and jumped at the opportunity to get out in the community and out from behind a desk whenever I could.”
Weeklies Lead Jason Cuevas said he was happy to add Jardine to the Events staff.
“We think Chris (Jardine) will be a great addition to the paper,” Cuevas said. “He has shown a strong work ethic while with the company and should prove to be an asset for the community.”
Originally from Riverside, California, Jardine joined the United States Navy after high school and served for four years based out of the state of Washington. During his time in the Navy Jardine traveled the world, visiting more than 15 countries, deployed aboard aircraft carriers, and served deployments in Iraq and Japan.
“It was an honor to serve,” Jardine said. “Being in the Navy meant a lot of time abroad, but it also meant getting to meet a lot of different people and experience different cultures. It widened my perspective and was an invaluable experience.”
After his time in the service Jardine moved to Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from the University of West Florida, followed by a move to Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Boston University School of Law.
Jardine may be new to the world of journalism, but research and writing are longtime pursuits for him.
“I’ve always had a passion for investigation and analysis,” Jardine said. “It’s what drew me to the law, and a lot of the skills I learned there translate directly to reporting. Journalism is just a natural extension of that for me, and I couldn’t be more excited to step into this role.”
During his free time Jardine enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, traveling, and following law and politics.Reach Christopher Jardine on Twitter @ChrisJJardine or contact him at 608-432-6591.