Williamson Daily News (WDN) Editor Kyle Lovern has announced new additions to his staff at the Civitas Media newspaper.
Courtney (Harrison) Pigman has been hired as a news reporter and William “Billy” Plaster as a sports reporter. Recently, Cindy Moore was transferred from the weekly Gilbert Times publication and is now a reporter at the WDN.
Pigman is a Mingo County native currently residing in the Williamson area. She graduated from Burch High School in 2002. Following her passion for writing and storytelling, she obtained a BA from Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2008.
“Courtney is a great addition to our editorial staff,” said Lovern. “Her background in writing and Journalism Degree is a plus for our newspaper.”
She was hired as a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News.
Courtney places high value on family and community life and is proud to say she is a West Virginian. She is an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys spending her spare time with her son Elijah, exploring the states’ vast recreational opportunities.
Plaster is a Mingo County native who now resides in Lenore, W.Va. He graduated from Matewan High School in 2005 and is a veteran of the United States Navy, Submarine Division. He also attended Phelps High School in Pike County, Ky. William played football and baseball in high school.
William began working for the Williamson Daily News as the full-time sports reporter in July of 2015.
“Billy is an avid sports fan and he enjoys following local teams,” Lovern said. “He is excited about the upcoming high school and college football season. Billy has been making contacts with local coaches and has fit right into our news room.”
Moore is also a native of Mingo County, W.Va. who currently resides near the Lenore area. She is a 1995 graduate of Tug Valley High School in Naugatuck, West Virginia. Cindy began working as a news reporter for the Gilbert Times in 2013 and has since transferred to the Williamson Daily News.
Moore is a mother of two daughters, one who attends college at Marshall University to study for a career in Forensic Psychology and the other is a student at Lenore Pre K-8. When Cindy isn’t spending time writing, she takes advantage of every second with her daughters and ridge riding in the beautiful hills of southern W.Va. with her friends and family.
“Cindy has been a welcome addition to our Williamson office,” Lovern said. “She learned the ropes at our Gilbert Times office. Her transfer to the Williamson Daily News is a big asset to this publication.
Civitas Media, headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina, is a dynamic, multi-channel, local information company with strong roots in traditional community newspaper publishing. Civitas – Latin for “community or “citizen” – is exclusively focused on being the premier local information conduit of community news, information and relevant entertainment presented on a variety of platforms including print, digital media, video and other evolving technologies in both content and advertising.
Civitas Media employs more than 1,200 dedicated, creative and innovative associates across 12 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Civitas publishes more than 100 publications for a combined weekly distribution of more than 1.6 million copies.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)