The Commonwealth is ringing in the New Year with a new reporter.

Kerrigan Herret’s first day on the job as a staff writer was Monday. The 21-year-old graduated from the University of Mississippi earlier in December with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English.  

Kerrigan Herret

Herret

“I’m excited to learn more about the community. It seems like a close-knit community,” Herret said, adding that that’s how Oxford felt.

At the same time, Herret said she’s excited to explore a new part of Mississippi since in some ways Oxford feels like an “anomaly” due to its wealth.

From May until her graduation, Herret balanced her classes with duties as the multimedia editor for The Daily Mississippian, the University of Mississippi’s student newspaper.

She also has experience in photography, copy editing and social media from past internships in Oxford.

Originally from Panama City Beach, Florida, Herret said she could have received the same amount of money to  study at either the University of Florida or University of Mississippi.

She said she chose to attend the latter in order to be outside her home state and to do her own thing.

She was original a biology major with the intention of a pre-med track. She then switched to history with a pre-law track.

“I kind of realized being a doctor or being a lawyer was what my parents wanted me to do and not what I wanted to do,” Herret said.

She said she has always been a writer and found she has talent as a photographer: “Ever since I was little, I wrote stories.”

Of journalism, Herret said, “I like it because you’re never doing the same thing twice. You get to meet new people.”

Herret will cover meetings of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board and the Leflore County Board of Supervisors and court cases at the Leflore County Circuit Court, as well as other general assignments.

“Kerrigan did great things at Ole Miss, and I'm excited to have a person of her talents and versatility join us,” said Tim Kalich, the Commonwealth’s editor and publisher. “We hope we can help her further develop her reporting and writing skills, while she is helping us do more with video, audio and other ways to strengthen the online presentation of our stories.”

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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