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“The People behind the Papers” is a Q&A series featuring the employees of 22nd Century Media who play an integral role in producing 15 community newspapers. The project is designed to give readers an inside look at the personalities that drive the journalism you have read weekly in print and daily on our websites. To support the work we do, please consider subscribing at SubscribePrairie.com or through any of our other 14 newspapers.
What do you do at 22nd Century Media?
I'm the editor of The Frankfort Station. It's the kind of job that involves wearing lots of hats, and every day is different. I'm in charge of assigning stories to our talented team of freelance reporters and photographers, and I also do a lot of reporting myself, including much of our breaking news coverage, in addition to managing The Frankfort Station's website and social media accounts. Many of you have probably seen me around town covering local board meetings and other events.
What does your job at 22nd Century Media mean to you?
I've always been passionate about community journalism, and being a part of 22nd Century Media has made me feel that I'm genuinely making a difference in the community I cover. I take great pride in the stories we've published over the years.
What is the most memorable story you've written during your time here?
The most memorable story I've written during my time with 22nd Century Media is a feature on a former resident who donated her wedding dress to a cancer patient. It was a really touching story that brought two women living hundreds of miles apart together in a very special way.
What have you learned about the community you cover that you otherwise might not have known?
Frankfort is filled with people who care deeply about one another, and it's an incredibly strong, tight-knit community. I've had the pleasure of writing countless stories about residents coming together to support their neighbors through all kinds of hardships and challenges.
What do you like to do for fun when you're not working?
In my spare time, you can usually find me composing songs on the guitar, writing poetry, studying foreign languages and experimenting with new recipes.
What's one thing even your co-workers probably don't know about you?
The summer after I graduated from college, I embarked on a cross-country road trip with a stranger who responded to an ad I posted on Craigslist rideshare. We met for the first time in New York City and parted ways two weeks later in Los Angeles. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure I still remember fondly to this day.
What is your perfect work lunch situation?
I really enjoy eating sushi from Mo's Chinese Kitchen. The restaurant has a great lunch special that I take advantage of as often as I can.
How are you riding out this COVID-19 pandemic?
I've been watching movies on Netflix, cooking with my husband, playing guitar and staying in touch with friends via FaceTime.
Anything else you want people to know?
I hope to continue doing great work in the community, and if you have a story to share, don't hesitate to reach out!