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He began with McPherson Media Group in 2010, first as a sports reporter and later as a general news reporter at the Shepparton News, working on Goulburn Valley Health’s campaign to fund a new oncology ward and the Goulburn Valley Food Action Committee’s efforts to establish a regional food-processing hub.
Zach’s career began in marketing, but he has had a passion and respect for journalism since a young age. His experiences during a two-year expedition across the world inspired him to turn his back on a business career and become a journalist.
Zach was born in Kerang and spent his formative years in Shepparton. He moved to Melbourne when he was 18 and has spent considerable time living in the United States.
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Monique began at the Riverine Herald in 1999 and covers the Campaspe Shire, police, fires and small towns, as well as general news and sport.
In 2002 Monique left the paper to go travelling before joining the Campaspe News as the journalist and photographer and returning to the Riverine Herald in 2009.
Monique’s career with McPherson Media Group began in 1996 as a cadet journalist in Finley. Monique enjoys working and living in Echuca and is committed to reporting on what matters to the residents of Echuca-Moama and surrounding towns.
Monique has a penchant for covering special occasions such as 50th wedding anniversaries and 100th birthdays, as well as telling the stories of people’s pasts.
She thinks everyone has a story to tell and says one of the biggest buzzes of the job is seeing her stories on someone’s fridge or in a scrapbook years after the event.
Phone: 5482 1111
Ruth has been a journalist at the Riverine Herald since June last year and covers small towns, education, Murray Shire Council, events, arts and entertainment.
This is Ruth’s first job since studying Arts at Monash University.
Ruth enjoys writing features and says she likes working in Echuca because she loves the town and the people.
One of her first stories was about a man who was retiring after being a grader for Murray Shire for 41 years. Ruth says he was an ordinary man, but he was committed to his job and she found his story inspiring. After the article went in the paper he called me up to say thanks. For me, that’s the most fulfilling part of my job.
Ruth is interested in history and enjoys running.
Phone: 5483 0508
Kathleen has been at the Riverine Herald since mid-2011 and covers health, politics, Indigenous issues and other general news.
Kathleen grew up and went to school in the area and likes working in a region she knows, but is also finding out new things about the area.
She enjoyed writing a series of stories on homelessness in Echuca and surrounding areas and being able to put a bit of a spotlight on the problem.
Kathleen is interested in reading and travel.
Phone: 5483 0507
Geordie is the Riverine Herald sports journalist. He started at the Riv as sport sub-editor in April 2008, bounced around a bit within Riv editorial and became sport journalist in May 2011.
Geordie previously worked in Melbourne behind the bar at then-Telstra Dome and Melbourne Park.
He says he likes finding out what makes people tick in a sporting context - what drives them, teases them, satisfies them.
Geordie says the best part about his job is the scope of passion for varied sports and the achievements people gain in each field.
Phone: 5483 0515
Zach arrived in Echuca from Melbourne in June after finishing his journalism degree at RMIT University in 2011.
He has worked at 1116 SEN radio in Melbourne and completed a placement at WIN News, Bendigo.
Zach also worked at a radio station in Seoul, South Korea for six weeks as part of an internship.
He is a one-eyed Essendon Football Club supporter and loves international current affairs as well as being immersed in sport.
His favourite journalism memory was attending the Socceroos press conference at Melbourne Airport before the team flew to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Phone: 5483 0516
Ivy has been at the Riverine Herald for more than six years, starting as a sub-editor and general news reporter for the Riv before taking on the role of features writer for special publications in mid-2011.
Ivy has been working as a journalist for more than 11 years, completing her cadetship at The North West Star in Mount Isa (north-west Queensland).
She has two daughters, aged 5 and 2, and work three days a week.
After battling her own health issues and having a keen interest in this area, she particularly enjoys researching and writing for the Health and Wellbeing magazine and finds it rewarding to know she can help others on their journey to better health.
Ivy has written many stories over the years, but the ones that stand out to her the most is the human interest stories; of bravery, heroism and the human spirit, which inspire you to be a better person.
She has had the chance to meet a few celebs over the years and even had the chance to chat with Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she came to Echuca during the 2011 floods.
Ivy loves travelling, reading, writing, socialising, singing (karaoke-style) and trying new experiences.
Phone: 5482 1111
Holly has been a photographer at the Riverine Herald since February 2010. She takes photos for news, sport, advertising and special publications.
Holly has worked in newspaper photography for 11 years.
She says the best part of her job is the fact every day is different, and working for a local paper means you really become part of the community.
Holly says she enjoys telling stories and documenting events through her photos, and she especially enjoys capturing people’s portraits.
She lists highlights of her career as photographing Heath Ledger on the set of Ned Kelly and Tara Moss wearing a dress made from red rose petals at Floriade in Canberra.
Holly loves photography, travel, tennis, shopping, fishing and camping.
Phone: 5482 1111
Bianca says she thoroughly enjoys being a part of the local paper of her home town.
Bianca’s favourite part of working at the Riverine Herald is being part of the community, your face becomes well known and you become a part of many local events others may not get the chance to experience.
Before becoming a photographer she worked in the beauty and pharmacy industry.
Bianca loves photography, travel, her pet dog, family and friends, and designing event and celebration invitations.
Phone: 5482 1111
Nikala enjoys being a part of a strong community – she lists last January’s floods that affected Rochester and Echuca as one of the most memorable experiences, which demonstrated the importance of community.
One of her most memorable photos is a shot of Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she visited Echuca after the 2011 floods. The series of three photos show Ms Gillard speaking to a young boy, who was so serious as he spoke to the Prime Minister about the floods.
Nikala is a lover of Labradors, having two of her own, and one of her favourite pastimes is photographing her dogs.
Phone: 5483 0526
Natalie has worked for McPherson Media Group for 14 years.
Natalie lives on a farm and enjoys reading, sport and cooking.
She says she enjoys working in the media and providing a service to the public.
Phone: 5483 0509
Renee graduated from the Graduate Diploma of Journalism at RMIT in 2010 and joined the Riverine Herald as a sub-editor in mid-2011.
She previously worked as a public servant at the national Translating and Interpreting Service and spent three years travelling abroad, mostly living and working in the UK.
She is an avid movie watcher, news consumer, bike rider and coffee drinker.
Since moving to Echuca from Melbourne for work she has enjoyed living close to the Murray River and the natural beauty of the area.
Phone: 5482 1111
Nicki McLennan is showing her sister Taylah the ultimate Christmas generosity - a stem cell transplant to help Taylah's ongoing cancer battle.
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.
The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has been adjourned until next year.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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