The Kodiak Daily Mirror welcomed Andrew Kenneson as a general assignment reporter last week.
He hails from Johnson City, Tennessee, and has spent most of the last two years working for The Walton Tribune, a newspaper in Monroe, Georgia. He covered city governments, courts, economic development, housing and the 11-year-old who got second at a state archery competition.
“I’ve come to love living in small towns, where you see people you know at the grocery store,” Kenneson said.
“And it’s a lot of fun to write about and get to know these places as a reporter. I’m looking forward to meeting people and learning everything I can about Kodiak.”
He attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he studied political science and played goalkeeper on the soccer team.
Kenneson’s mom was a journalist for 15 years. She warned him many times to do something with higher pay and shorter hours.
He’s also written for his college newspaper and The News and Neighbor, a weekly paper in his hometown. He moved to Kodiak to do community journalism somewhere completely new.
“I’m thrilled to be here. I wanted to live in a totally different environment than where I grew up, and I think I’m doing that,” Kenneson said.
“I’m also thrilled to be a part of a fantastic team here at the Kodiak Daily Mirror, a paper with a great history of newsgathering and storytelling.”
Kodiak Daily Mirror Editor Douglas Long said staff members were excited about having the new reporter on the team.
“Andrew has brought new energy and a fresh perspective into our newsroom,” he said. “He hit the ground running when he arrived and immediately began contributing well-researched and well-written stories to the paper. We all look forward to seeing him develop further as a reporter as he settles into living and working in Kodiak.”