Dave Lias won't be the only one the city of Vermillion will see running around taking photos and writing stories for the Plain Talk anymore.
As of this week, I am lucky enough to join the Plain Talk staff full time, and I'm very excited about that.
The good thing is that I don't have to get used to all of the new places and faces that comes with a new job. Vermillion is a city I have lived in for the past four years. In fact, I have done more than a few stories about the activities that go on in this fine town.
I went to USD and majored in journalism. During my time, some of you may remember that I was once the sports editor of The Volante for a semester and I worked there for three years.
Then since October of 2008, I was fortunate enough to become a member of the Yankton Press & Dakotan sports staff as a part-timer. I spent my time covering many different events in the area.
Working at the Volante and the Press & Dakotan wasn't the only thing I did during my time at USD, I also helped create the sports department for KAOR 91.1 along with many others. From there I hosted a show with Drew Quandt called Sports Weekly.
I also managed to do some work for KYOT TV with, you guessed it, the sports side of things. Let's just say I wasn't that great on TV…
After I finished my time at USD, I was hired on full-time at the Press & Dakotan as a news and sports reporter and I designed the pages for three nights a week before just recently transferring over full time to the Plain Talk offices.
It's safe to say I may have run into a few people in town already who I have already interviewed for stories, so I am not exactly a new face.
However, I think that will help because I know a lot of people in this city and I really respect and take pride in living in Vermillion.
I look forward to providing another voice for Vermillion and covering what happens in the city.
I know this column isn't very insightful, but I figured I should officially introduce myself to the city I have lived in for the past four years.
If anyone has any story ideas, feel free to email me at Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org when you email Dave as well.
I really don't have much else to add except that I am looking forward to covering the many stories that happen in Vermillion.