As you may have guessed by now, Laraine Weschler has left the Citizen’s News. Not to worry, however, because I have arrived to fill her very large shoes.
My name is Luke Marshall and I am your new reporter.
I believe there are a few key attributes every reporter must possess: An eye for detail, the determination to pursue leads, the ability to report fairly on controversial topics, a strong enough grasp on the English language to present the facts in a clear manner, a natural talent for telling stories and a fancy hat.
Well, maybe the hat is just a bonus.
However, along with those attributes, a journalist should have local knowledge and experience.
As I begin writing for the Citizen’s News, I will let you judge for yourself if I am in possession of the aforementioned attributes.
For now, let me tell you about my background and what brought me to this newspaper.
I grew up in Connecticut and have always considered this state to be my home, even when I was living elsewhere.
When I graduated from Pomperaug High School in Southbury, I moved to Atlanta, Ga. to join Americorps. I spent a year serving the communities of both suburban and inner-city Atlanta.
Once the program ended, I headed back up north to my home state, where I began to attend college.
I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2006.
While attending the college, I worked as a staff writer and managing editor for the school’s newspaper, The Echo.
In 2009 I graduated with my master’s degree in film and video production from American University in Washington, DC.
During my time at American University I shot and edited many documentary films, including one that won an award from National Geographic. My thesis film opened the 2009 Coney Island Film Festival.
Even though I resided in one of the most powerful cities to have ever been built on a swamp, I missed the green, rolling hills of Connecticut.
When the opportunity finally presented itself, I moved back up north.
That brings you up to date on my education, travels and how I ended up here, at the Citizen’s News
I write all this information not just to inform you of my background, but to let you know that I am your reporter. I write about your town, attend meetings in your town and talk to residents in your town.
I am here for you and your town, so do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number is (203) 729-2228 ext. 23.
I look forward to meeting and hearing from you.