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Staff writer Kristin Sherrard will begin duties as The News-Democrat’s news editor Monday, Feb. 28.
Publisher Jeff Moore made the announcement Monday in making several other changes involving staff member transitions at the Carrollton newspaper and her sister publication in Bedford.
Moore said staff writer Dave Taylor has been named managing editor of The Trimble Banner as former editor Phyllis McLaughlin moves into a part-time position with the publications to pursue new personal business opportunities. McLaughlin will continue to be part of the news team as special sections and websites coordinator.
In her new role as news editor, Sherrard will coordinate the paper’s news and sports coverage.
Sherrard has worked as a staff writer and photographer with The News-Democrat since Oct. 5, 2009. In addition to general news and feature stories, she covers the Carrollton city government, the police beat, as well as many of the sports and other events for the Carroll County Schools. Sherrard also produces videos and slideshows for the paper’s website, www.mycarrollnews.com, and assists with the newspaper layout each week, including designing the front page.
“I am excited and ready to begin my role as the news editor for The News-Democrat,” she said. “We are writing the history of Carroll County with today’s news, so I will do my best to continue to provide accurate and unbiased information for our local citizens.”
A Louisville native, Sherrard graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in May 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in journalism and a Bachelors of Business Administration in management.
She served as a staff photographer and writer for the Kentucky Kernel, UK’s daily student newspaper, and was the editor-in-chief of The Kentuckian, UK’s yearbook. She also interned as a photographer for the ROTC Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. in the summer of 2009 before being hired by The News-Democrat.
In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures, watching television, playing sports and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and her alma mater, Kentucky Wildcats.
Moore said Sherrard brings a true passion for journalism to every task she undertakes.
“Kristin is an excellent journalist who truly cares about the community,” Moore said. “Her news and sports stories, photography and work on the newspaper demonstrate this every week.”
In the 2010 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest, Sherrard won first place for Best Front Page. She also received second-place awards for Best Feature Picture from a photo at last year’s Easter on the Square events and Best Sports Picture Essay for her Student-Athlete of the Year portraits. Sherrard earned an honorable mention for the profile on student-athlete Zach Wise in the Best Sports Feature Story category.
Both Taylor and McLaughlin will continue to contribute to coverage for The News-Democrat.
While the majority of Taylor’s time will be dedicated to Trimble County, he will continue to write his monthly history column, Water Under the Bridge. He also will provide occasional coverage of other news and sports events for Carroll County readers that affect both counties.
McLaughlin will remain a member of the newspaper staff in Bedford and Carrollton as coordinator of special sections and the newspaper websites. She will continue to cover stories in Trimble County and Carrollton.
“Phyllis has provided our readers with quality journalism in her role as editor at both papers, as her peers recognized again this year with the many awards the Banner received,” Moore said. “And we will continue to call on her to help us continue as the leading source for news and information on Trimble and Carroll counties.”