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Lasure lands reporter position at Watauga Democrat.

Kayla Lasure

Recent EKU Journalism grad Kayla Lasure has been hired as a news reporter for the Watauga Democrat, effective Feb. 6. The announcement was made by Editor Anna Oakes.

Lasure comes to Mountain Times Publications from Richmond, Ky., where she was most recently a freelance writer for The Interior Journal and a staff writer for The Jessamine Journal.

“I’m happy to welcome Kayla to North Carolina, to Boone and to our staff,” Oakes said.

Lasure is a 2015 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in public relations. She served as a staff writer and editor at the student newspaper, The Eastern Progress, for several semesters.

“I’m beyond excited to start this new journey at the Watauga Democrat,” Lasure said. “All of the people I have met here so far have been very welcoming and helpful in my settling in process. Being a Kentucky gal, it may take me a bit to adjust to the mountains and to figure out where things are located. However, I’m thrilled to become a member of the High Country.”

Lasure said that working in a community where she can get to know locals and share their stories is what she most enjoys about being a reporter.

“I’m looking forward to embracing the Boone community and getting to know those who I encounter,” she said. “I’m always up for conversation and willing to listen to opinions and thoughts of community members. If people see me out and about, don’t be afraid to say hi!

Lasure noted that like Boone, her hometown of Stanford, Ky., also has ties to the pioneer Daniel Boone.

Published on February 09, 2017

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