Tucker Chorpening

INDEPENDENCE – Tucker Chorpening is the current Student Intern with the Independence Bulletin Journal. He will be working on several school and student stories this term.


I was born in Cedar Rapids and moved to the Independence area when I was 3 years old when my parents, Curt and Carla Chorpening, built our house about 5 miles out of Brandon. My father is a self-employed constructor/renovator based in Cedar Rapids and my mother is a medical associate at UnityPoint Clinics in Waterloo. My sister, Kayla Beck, and I began attending school in Independence in 2005, with my first day of kindergarten landing on my fifth birthday. Kayla graduated in 2010 and attended the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a kindergarten teacher for the Benton Community School District and is engaged to Jesse Hahn of Riverside. I have two dogs, Maggie and Roxy, that are always a joy to see when I get home each night and a great company to have during summer when I have no immediate plans for the day.

My time in high school has definitely kept me busy, but because of that, I have definitely learned a lot. Throughout my high school career, I have been involved with marching band, cross country, track, tennis, jazz band, pep band, speech, concert band, pit for the spring musical, swim team, National Honor Society, student council, Silver Cord, and various jobs during the school year and even more during the summer.

My favorite thing on this earth is marching band, so it is no surprise that most of my favorite memories and lessons learned in high school have stemmed from marching band or the Independence band program in general. The Lang’s have taught me self-discipline, leadership, and musical talents I would have found nowhere else, and I’m sure they are proud to know that I will be continuing my musical endeavors at the University of Iowa when I graduate in May of this year. Not only do I plan to audition for the Hawkeye Drumline and march in the Hawkeye Marching Band.

I also plan to continue my education by double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and Cinema. My intent with my degrees is to become an editor for a major media corporation like Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Variety, or even The Walt Disney Company. I am still brainstorming just what kind of degrees, internships, and experiences I will need to get there, but I am determined to get there, nonetheless; this is exactly why I wanted to intern here at the Bulletin Journal; the more experience I can obtain the earlier on in my journey as possible, the better. I am using this internship to get little tastes of each aspect of journalism to narrow down my list of likes and dislikes to determine my dream job within the journalism field.

I would like to thank the Bulletin Journal and the readers, for giving me a chance at doing something I am very passionate about and plan to become an expert in. This would not be possible for me without the readers, so I thank you!

If you have any story ideas for Tucker contact the Bulletin Journal.