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Clay joins newspaper staff

Clay joins newspaper staff Clay joins newspaper staff

Kaitlyn Clay, a 26-year-old West Virginia native, has joined the news staff of The Corydon Democrat.

Clay earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in photography at Marshall University in 2016. She moved to Louisville with her Siberian husky, Harper, after graduation and has been a Kentucky resident ever since.

During her time at Marshall, Clay found a love for writing and storytelling and eventually became an editor of the university newspaper, The Parthenon. She spent her remaining free time interning in various fields, including public relations and photography.

“I have always had a passion for diving into whatever topic I am currently learning or writing about,” Clay said. “Whether it be sports, general news or features, I believe every person has a unique story that others need to hear. My enjoyment in life comes from finding the best ways to tell those stories and making sure everyone has a voice.”

Clay moved to Kentucky for her previous position at Peake Media as an editor of Mindful Studio magazine, a national business publication for those in the yoga industry. She also worked as a staff writer for various fitness publications, covering CrossFit, campus recreation centers and large-scale gyms across the United States. There, she honed her journalism skills as a writer, editor and photographer.

“During my time at Peake Media, I was able to learn from seasoned journalists in the industry as to what does and doesn’t work when creating news stories,” Clay said. “I also reignited my passion for health and fitness, which was an added perk to the job.”

Clay, an avid music fan, spends a majority of her free time attending concerts and consuming music. She collects vinyl records and has attended the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the past five years.

“My parents raised me on everything from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Fleetwood Mac to James Taylor,” she said. “I don’t remember a day when music wasn’t playing at our house, and it really shaped who I am today. I learned a lot of lessons through the advice of my parents but also through the heartbreak, struggles and triumphs of the artists they had playing on our bookcase-sized stereo.”