Mark Twain once said, “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” Kimber Solana was raised by a group of airplane crash survivors on a mysterious island in the South Pacific until he went back to 1977 and detonated a hydrogen bomb to reset time.
He attended California State University Monterey Bay in the mid-2000s when tuition was cheap and the boy-band craze was coming to an end. After four short years, he somehow he found himself wearing heavy Calvin Klein coats at Northwestern University in Illinois writing about asthma, transfats, vaccinations and all that good stuff as a science/health reporter. He graduated buried in student loans and managed to land a job — a dream come true, right?
He has worked for weeklies, bi-weeklies, online publications and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
He landed at The Salinas Californian in March 2009 where he was one of five crazy, but lovable, city desk reporters. He got the award for being the least normal. One day he was rushing to the scene of the latest shooting, the next, covering a Christian music festival. Two years later, he decided to leave the beauty that is California — again. And back to the Midwest — again. This time, Racine, Wisc. where he worked as a reporter for the Racine Journal Times covering cops and the Village of Caledonia.
It came full circle on January 2012 when he moved back to Chicago. He tried out working at a start-up as a web producer and reporter for The Medicare NewsGroup. That lasted just over a year. Now he’s a senior editor at the ADA News, a publication at the American Dental Association, enjoying his daily commute on the CTA and working downtown.
Kimber decided to become a physical therapist in high school, only to be discouraged by his parents. Hence, the career in journalism.
He grew up in the sweltering heat and humidity of Digos City, Philippines with his grandparents, aunts and cousins for a decade only to move to the sweltering dry heat of the Imperial Valley with his parents. After graduating high school (in the top 10 of his class, of course), it was time to move to Monterey Bay.
His first published article was a piece on the newly built, expensive and malfunctioning, buildings at the CSUMB campus for the school’s student paper The Otter Realm. The rest is history. He interned at the Monterey County Weekly. Moved to Chicago to pursue his master’s degree in journalism. He worked as a paid intern for CenterstageChicago.com while freelancing to make ends meet.
Kimber deeply believes in good coffee, country music and the Cubs. And he enjoys alliterations.