As I’m sure you are all aware, the Beacon has undergone some major changes in recent months. One of those changes was the departure of long-time editor Laura Lewis. As of May 31, I took over her role.
I’m extremely excited to dive into the community and continue providing important locally focused news, as the Beacon has done for so long. It is my belief that a community’s newspaper is its backbone, which is why the Beacon staff and I will always work tirelessly to ensure citizens stay informed.
Local journalism’s purpose, to me, is to hold those in power accountable, to give a voice to the voiceless, to speak truth to power. Local journalism should also be a resource for the community, and those practicing it should be entrenched in the community and should understand what’s important to the community.
The Brunswick Beacon has done all this and, under my leadership, that will continue.
To tell a little about me: I was born and raised about 150 miles northeast of Brunswick County, in a tiny, rural crossroads community in northwest Orange County known to the few who know it as Caldwell.
However, I do have a connection to Brunswick County — my grandparents and mom started coming to Sunset Beach in the 1960s, my first vacation was here (as were the majority of them after that). Throughout my life I’ve taken any chance I can get to be in this county.
I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, where I double majored in English and Comparative Literature and in Journalism at the university’s Hussman School of Journalism.