Rachel Hunter joins newspaper staff

Rachel Hunter of Gouverneur, N.Y. is a new reporter, copy editor, and paginator at Hoch Publishing Company in Marion. She began her employment Monday after making the 1,380-mile trip.

The 22-year-old graduated in December from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, with an emphasis in news editorial.

Hunter grew up on a farm 30 miles south of the Canadian border. She joined 4-H at age 5 and became the club reporter at age 8, a position she held throughout her years in 4-H. She showed poultry, sheep, cattle, and other livestock.

Hunter was homeschooled. After she went to college, she found that journalism was what she enjoyed. She had several internships, including one at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C. While there, she realized that working in a big city was not a good fit. She searched online for a job in community journalism and found this one in Marion.

“I love community journalism. I’m more comfortable working in a small town,” she said.

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