Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel reports for The Ventura Star in Camarillo, California, where she focuses on education, the disparity between expenditures and outcomes and how a 2014 state school funding law is affecting children. Patel knows the Pacific Coast. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she has been a staff writer, assistant editor and web editor for The Malibu Times, a hyperlocal publication based in Malibu, California. She reported on everything from breaking news to public meetings and developed a beat covering public school education. Shivani won several awards for coverage of two major 2018 events: the Malibu Creek State Park shooting and the Woolsey Fire. In 2017, she graduated with a B.S. in journalism and concentration in Spanish from Boston University. Patel has won the Foot in the Door Fellowship from the L.A. Press Club and several awards from the California News Publishers Association, among other honors.

Ventura County Star

The Ventura County Star is a digital and print news organization that has been serving Ventura County in coastal Southern California for more than 90 years. We are the only daily newspaper located in Ventura County. We are a general news organization, with an emphasis on watchdog, government, health and environmental issues. Ventura County has a population of about 860,000. We cover all of the county’s 10 cities and the unincorporated areas.