Top of the Morning, Aug. 31, 2014

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:

Nicole Lafond

Education Writer

Email: nlafond@news-gazette.com

Twitter: @Nicole_Lafond

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."

Colin Likas

Copy Editor, Sports

Email: clikas@news-gazette.com

Twitter: @clikasNG

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."

Scott Richey

Sports Writer (emphasis on the UI)

Email: srichey@news-gazette.com

Twitter: @srrichey

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."

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