Scout welcomes two new staffers
Murphy – The Cherokee Scout, your local news and information source since 1889, is proud to announce the hiring of two journalists.
Kelsey Richardson joined the newspaper as a staff writer on April 14, while Ben Katz started as staff photographer on April 18. Both staff members also will help with the Scout’s affiliate newspaper, the Andrews Journal.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring Kelsey and Ben aboard,” said David Brown, publisher of both the Scout and Journal. “Editor Matthew Osborne and I knew soon after their interviews that they were great fits for our newspapers as well as the community. They bring diverse backgrounds and experience that will help us provide even better coverage in the weeks to come.”
Katz, who also is fluent in Spanish, comes to the Scout after earning a master’s degree in new media journalism from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University. He received his bachelor’s degree in photography from Guilford College in Greensboro in 2006.
Since 2008, Katz has worked and volunteered in a wide variety of positions and places, taking photos everywhere from Washington to Honduras, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Chile. He has told the stories of orphaned and abandoned children through both words and images.
“I’m really excited to be here with the Cherokee Scout,” Katz said. “After living in beautiful destinations around the world, I am thrilled to find a community that can hold its own compared to the Greek Isles, rain forest and Caribbean.
“One of my secret passions is harvesting fruit. Finding the sweetest trees and juiciest fruit is a journey in and of itself, but learning about all the local fruit is the icing on my cake.”
Richardson, who grew up in Athens, Ga., is a 2015 graduate of George College & State University in Atlanta with a degree in mass communication. In just the last year, she has worked as a freelance writer with the Midlands Anchor in South Carolina, served as strategic coordinator with Habitat for Humanity, been assistant entertainment editor of her college newspaper and was an editorial intern with Klook Travel in Hong Kong.
The well-traveled Richardson has visited more than 20 different countries and spent part of high school in Germany. She loves cats, reading, Eastern culture and cosplaying, and even was an amateur trapeze artists for two years.
“Despite being one of the few millennials in the area, living here is figuratively and literally a breathe of fresh air,” Richardson said. “Waking up and gazing at the Appalachian Mountains humbles me daily.
“I love how every local has a story that they’re not afraid to share. As a recently appointed journalist for the Cherokee Scout and Andrews Journal, I’m excited dig deep and uncover more of the towns’ treasures.”
Katz replaces Ryan Revock, who accepted a position at a larger newspaper in North Carolina. Richardson replaces James Budd, who retired after a nearly 40-year career in journalism.
“While we’re sad to be losing two friends from the news team, we’re excited at what Ben and Kelsey bring to your newspapers,” Brown said. “Our best days of providing local news to residents and visitors still lie ahead.”