A Chicago native, Bridgette has been a journalist since she first wrote for her seventh-grade newsletter. Today, that passion is just as strong. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Texas Southern University and has written for several newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Defender, the Marshall News-Messenger (Texas) and the Springfield News-Sun (Ohio). After all that traveling, Bridgette couldn't be more pleased to be back at home, writing for Patch and covering issues important to the community.