Pam Marino joined the Monterey County Weekly—the largest circulating newspaper in the county with a robust news blog—as a staff writer in November 2016. She covers health, hospitality, military and veterans, crime and courts, higher education, two cities—Carmel and Pacific Grove—and two unincorporated regions of Monterey County. For the 2018 Health Journalism Fellowship Pam intends to report on using health care dollars for creating housing in Monterey County. The county’s affordable housing situation is at crisis levels, creating serious health issues and rising costs as the most vulnerable residents are pushed into crowded and/or substandard housing or homelessness.

Pam graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A., majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism. She served for a year as editor-in-chief for the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec. She started her professional career working as a reporter for community weekly newspapers in San Diego County, before returning back to her roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to working at the Weekly, Pam freelanced for a variety of news organizations and publications, both online and in print. 



Joy and Ben Langford know how difficult it is for a young family to afford a home in Monterey County. They rented for several years as they had three children. At the same time, Ben’s parents wanted to downsize and relocate from Texas to California to be closer to them, but they couldn't afford it.