NORTH CREEK - This coming week, there will be a new face at the North Creek News Enterprise.
Lindsay M. Yandon, 22, has been hired as the editor for the News Enterprise, a Denton Publications weekly that is the leading source of news for its circulation area.
Denton Publications' Managing Editor John Gereau said Yandon was chosen from a pool of talented candidates, and said she will undoubtedly steer vital community news into the pages of the News Enterprise.
"Lindsay is a native of our region with a unique insight into the people and communities here and a talented young journalist," Gereau said. "We are lucky to have her as the new editor of the News Enterprise." Yandon replaces Jonathan Alexander, who moved on several weeks ago to become assistant news director of WNBZ radio and Mountain Communications in Saranac Lake.
A native of Newcomb, Yandon graduated valedictorian of her class at Newcomb Central.
Yandon continued her studies at Houghton College, where she served as Editor-In-Chief of the college newspaper after serving as a reporter and editorial assistant for two years.
She graduated with honors in 2008 with a degree in journalism, and then interned at the Hollywood Reporter film magazine's New York City bureau. Also, she held a part-time job at the Carol Mann Agency, a boutique publishing enterprise in Manhattan.
Additionally, she wrote several community news articles last summer for the North Creek News Enterprise.
Late last year, Yandon joined the media relations staff of Houghton's administration, where she worked for about nine months, writing news releases, helping develop marketing campaigns, and editing the school's alumni magazine.
Several months ago, she took a position at the Shoreline Restaurant in Lake George while seeking employment in journalism.
Now a Lake George resident, she expects to return to northern Warren County and delve into community life closer to home, she said this week.
"As I grew up in Newcomb, I care about the people and the local issues," she said. "Every writer's goal is writing about something they care about - something they're invested in," she said.
Yandon's interests include Political Science and horse riding, training and instruction, in which she has been involved for a decade. This summer, she has assisted at River Run Stables of Corinth as an assistant instructor. At Houghton, she served as president of the college's Equestrian Society.
She also has an interest in social justice. While at Houghton, she served as a cabinet member of Allegany County Outreach, helping coordinate a program in which college students serve as as mentors to underprivileged youth. Also, she studied abroad in Santa Cruz and Tambo, Bolivia, where she developed a riding camp program.
She said her varied experience will be helpful as she reports the news.
"I look forward to meeting new people and renewing friendships in area," she said.
Gereau welcomed Lindsay to the Denton staff Monday.
"I am confident she will play a crucial role in building the product while helping deliver the community news of importance to our readership," he said.
Lindsay can now be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.