Vince Echavaria has joined the news department of The Argonaut as a reporter.

Among his local beats will be high school sports.

A native of New Jersey, he came to Marina del Rey after serving as a staff writer on The Independent, a weekly community newspaper published in Freehold, N.J.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his concentration was on news and editorial.

His courses included reporting, news editing, media law and press photography.

While in Boulder, he interned on The Daily Camera, covering high school sports.

While at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he competed in jumping events for the college track and field team.

He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

As a youngster, he completed two Outward Bound courses in Colorado and Maine.