Passion for writing, community leads reporter home

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By Alex Wimsatt

    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alex Wimsatt and I’m the newest addition to The Pioneer News family.

    If you haven’t noticed my by line in the paper, I’m the new staff writer primarily covering Mount Washington and Lebanon Junction.

    I joined the paper at the end of February after graduating from Western Kentucky University in December with degrees in journalism and political science along with a certificate in political communication.

    I grew up in Mount Washington where I attended Mount Washington Elementary School, Mount Washington Middle School and Bullitt East High School. I graduated from BE in 2005 just before leaving for WKU.

    I spent the vast majority of the past five years in Bowling Green earning my bachelor’s degree and during that time I had some amazing opportunities that have helped prepare me for my staff writer position.

    Before I even stepped foot on campus as a student I declared journalism as my major. I was a general assignments reporter at the WKU College Heights Herald and I had a brief stint as a news writer for the student radio station  during my freshman and sophomore years.

    The summer after my freshman year I worked on Capitol Hill in Washington as an intern for the US House of Representatives in 2006 where I learned a great deal about political communication. The following year I had the opportunity to work for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce in a communication position and the next year I spent a summer interning at the Pioneer in Shepherdsville through the Kentucky Press Association.

    It was during my stint as a KPA intern that I was able to witness community journalism first hand on a day to day basis working under editor Tom Barr.

    During my final year at WKU I had no idea where life would take me, where I would work, or exactly what I would do.

    But as fate would have it, a full-time position with the Pioneer came available when beloved staff writer Mallory Bilger left the paper in January to become a full-time mom.

    It’s an honor to be working for the newspaper that stoked my passion for communication, and to be covering the people and events in my community.

    I feel especially fortunate to be working for the man who took me under his wing when I was a mere teenager wanting to go into journalism.

    Tom allowed me to freelance for the paper when I was a senior in high school.

    My stories were less than desirable at that time, but Tom saw that I had potential. Over the past six years he’s taught me tricks of the trade and watched me improve, always encouraging me.

    I still have a long way to go before I win a Pulitzer Prize, but I’m progressing daily.

    I’m thrilled to be doing something I love, in the community I love.

    I can’t promise you that I won’t make mistakes, but I can promise that it will be my mission to inform the community without bias, to seek truth and report it, and to be accountable to you the reader.