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Kaitlin Thals is the editor of the Benalla Ensign and has been with McPherson Media Group since June 2010.
After completing a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at Monash University, Kaitlin completed work placements at 3AW radio and SEN sports radio, as well as freelance writing for the Melbourne Football Club. Kaitlin said this was her dream – combining her favourite AFL team that she loves so much and writing.
Kaitlin joined the Shepparton News in June 2010 and worked in many editorial departments during her three years there, including sport, features, SN Weekly and as a general news health and police reporter.
Kaitlin said highlights in her career so far have been reporting on the 2012 north-east floods, writing a series of stories about maternity issues at Goulburn Valley Health and raising awareness in the community about road safety with Victoria Police.
She said being a journalist was the best job in the world because she gets to hear people’s stories every day and no two days were the same.
Kaitlin joined the Benalla Ensign as editor in June 2013 and enjoys getting to know a community and looking beyond an issue, uncovering stories about the people who are affected.
Phone: 5762 4444
Monique Freer is the newest member of the Benalla Ensign team, having relocated from the beachside suburbs of Melbourne to Benalla to jump headfirst into a journalism career.
She has recently completed an Arts/Science double degree, and has written for The Age, the Herald Sun, the RaboDirect (Melbourne) Rebels, Women’s Health & Fitness magazine and LogL website.
Monique’s most rewarding journalism experiences include writing the lead feature for the Rebels’ about Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, and sharing in telling the story of Black Saturday survivors in Marysville.
She is a passionate St Kilda fan, and lives and breathes all things AFL. She also loves adrenaline sports, spending time at the beach, and exploring places off the beaten track.
Phone: 5762 4444
The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A small kitchen fire in Campaspe Community Children’s Centre caused the centre to be briefly evacuated this afternoon.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
The official launch of the Murray Valley Industry Park facility today will see the announcement of the Deni Innovation Expo 2014 date.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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