Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2014
Chances are you've seen their bylines or their layouts by now. Here's more on each of our recent newsroom hires:
The 22-year-old graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in May and Mahomet-Seymour High in 2010.
The News-Gazette ... "was the first newspaper I ever read. It was available in the library at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High. A teacher saw me looking at it one day and told me I should join the Bulldog Pen staff, the MSJH student newspaper. I went to a staff meeting the next week and got the fever for journalism after that. Now, here I am."
She's looking forward to ... "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about a topic that has such a strong impact on the local community and society as a whole."
Copy Editor, Sports
The 22-year-old graduated from Butler University in May and Crown Point (Ind.) High in 2010.
The Indiana native didn't have a history with The News-Gazette before arriving in June. He grew up reading "The Times of Northwest Indiana and Post-Tribune in Gary because they offered compelling sports coverage."
He's looking forward to ... "making readers look forward to reading The News-Gazette — especially the sports section — each day."
Sports Writer (emphasis on the UI)
The 27-year-old graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2008 and Eureka High in 2005. He comes to us after stops at the Mattoon Journal-Gazette, Effingham Daily News and Decatur Herald & Review.
His first memory of The News-Gazette: "Covering the EIU-Illinois football game for The Daily Eastern News in 2008 and being part of the N-G pregame coverage where I discussed legendary coach Bob Spoo and was asked if Bodie Reeder was the next Tony Romo."
He's looking forward to ... "Already started doing it, but covering Division I athletics again."