Astute local political observers may have been thrown off by a new name atop last week’s C-Tran story.

Brooks who?

Last week was my first at The Columbian, and I did my best to dive right in. I’m replacing Justin Runquist covering the big news in small Clark County cities. I was previously at The Daily News in Longview and graduated from the University of Montana in 2013. I love the Northwest.

But I originally hail from Fargo, N.D. Yes, I’ve seen the movie.

I’m an old-fashioned journo in that I believe it’s my job to present the facts in a compelling manner and let readers decide how they feel about it. (Sounds like a certain cable news outlet’s motto, but eh.)

That doesn’t mean we’re not going to have some fun on the way.

Send your tips, quips and complaints to; 360-735-4547; or on Twitter @readbrooks.

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