The paper welcomes two new staff members this week, with the additions of reporter Josh Whitener and director of sales Dawn Leavesley.
Josh Whitener graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 with a B.A. in communication studies and a minor in journalism. The Monroe resident is currently part of a local band called Blank Canvas and has played at many different community events. He loves swimming, hiking and spending time with his wife, April, and son, Caleb. Josh is also involved in his church and enjoys reaching out to the community through many different ways. He’ll be taking over coverage of Wesley Chapel and Marvin, as well as some local groups such as the Union County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Dawn Leavesley graduated from Mount Union College in 1979 with a B.A. in communication studies. The Indian Trail resident comes to Union County Weekly from Charlotte Magazine, where she served as an account executive. Prior to that, she worked in accounts at Clear Channel. Dawn is married, with a son Connor, 13, who attends Porter Ridge High School. In her spare time, Dawn said she enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid jogger, hoping to get more involved in her community. Dawn will be handling accounts in Indian Trail, Monroe and Wesley Chapel. She joins a three-person team including Michelle McDonald and Franchesca Lamkin handling accounts in Union County.
Circulation increases across county
With the new year also comes an expansion in circulation. Over the past two months, we’ve expanded home delivery to 40 new neighborhoods, slowly growing from 17,000 to 19,000 papers each week. That includes home delivery and the paper racks found in restaurants and stores from Stallings to Monroe. For anyone who wants to start getting the paper delivered at home, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports section takes on new staffer, look
The Union County Weekly Sports Department is pleased to announce the hiring of another writer, Andrew Stark, a 2008 UNC Charlotte graduate.
Stark joins Sports Editor Aaron Garcia and Managing Editor for Sports C. Jemal Horton as the department begins its more expansive coverage of area high school teams.
Starting with the Jan. 13 issue of UCW, the Sports section will more than double in size and include more comprehensive analysis, along with our popular feature stories, team rankings and much more.