Tribune adds two reporters to staff

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

You may see some new faces digging up the news across Lawrence County.

The Ironton Tribune and Extra recently added two reporters to its staff.

Justin McElroy and Catherine Burcham will join the news staff and add their skills to an already award-winning team.

Email newsletter signup

"These two additions will allow us to improve our coverage of the entire county and continue to find the stories that you, our readers, want to see," managing editor Michael Caldwell said. "The future of the newspaper looks bright as we can build of our past successes and strive toward our goal to be the best community newspaper in the state."

McElroy, 24, may be from Huntington, W.Va., but he is no stranger to Lawrence County. Both his parents are Ironton High School graduates and his grandfather, Clinton E. McElroy, was a well-known Ironton radio broadcaster.

The Marshall University graduate joined the staff in February and immediately jumped feet-first into our Profile edition. He will focus on Ohio University Southern, the Ironton and Coal Grove areas and feature stories.

"I look forward to learning more about Lawrence County and finding my place in an area I have such a deep connection with," he said.

Burcham, 31, joined the staff in April to focus on Proctorville, Chesapeake and South Point as well as other areas. The 1992 Chesapeake High School grad is an Ohio University communications senior.

"I am very excited to join The Tribune staff," she said. "I grew up in Chesapeake and can't wait to start telling the stories from the area I love so much."

She and her husband, Gus, have two children, Haley, 9, and Ian, 2.