Stewart joins Advocate staff as reporter

Tasha Stewart
Tasha Stewart

In keeping with a refined local process, the Mountain Advocate welcomes its newest member, Tasha Stewart, as a news reporter.

Stewart is a 2011 Knox Central High School graduate who went on to earn a B.A. in English with a minor in Mass Communications from Union College, degrees that she hadn’t planned on picking.

“I picked my major based on the people,” Stewart said. “Initially, I went to Union to be a nursing student, but found out very quickly that I hated it. Then I tried business and also hated that. But at Union, we all have to take core curriculum classes that include English and humanities and one of my English classes focused on poetry. I had never really been a fan of poetry, but by the end of the semester, I came to appreciate it. Then I got to meet the rest of the English department and found out they were a bunch of cool people.”

Stewart is excited to use her new position to highlight those whose voices are not always heard.

“I believe everyone has a story,” said Stewart, “and it’s my job to reach not just the higher-up, but also the little guys who have their stories to tell.”

Wrapping up her first issue on the job as a reporter, editor Charles Myrick remarked “I am very pleased in the decision we made by bringing Tasha into our team. She has hit the ground running and hasn’t let up since she started last week. I look forward to watching her develop her fine writing skills into award-winning pieces of journalism that her community can be proud of.”

Stewart joins Myrick, Emily Baker, Rachel Johnson, Maria Swafford and Jay Nolan to round out the local newsroom. “I believe it was important to bring in someone local and familiar to the people and area,” said Myrick. “Tasha’s roots in our area and passion for writing will be a great asset to us going forward.”

In addition to her news reporting responsibilities, Stewart will work on feature stories as well as manage the newspaper’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and now, Instagram.