New faces at the Reporter

Reporter Staff

The Mercer Island Reporter has two new staff members.

Cody Ellerd is the new features and business reporter. She replaces former reporter DeAnn Rossetti.

Chad Coleman replaces photographer Julie Pena. Coleman has worked for the Reporter as a contributing photographer in the past.

Ellerd grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She who holds a bachelor's degree in French and International Affairs from Colorado College in Colorado. She worked for the Associated Press in New York City for five years. She wrote stories on arts, travel, culture and technology for AP member newspapers and produced online multimedia reporters. Ellerd also lent her voice to the news, narrating breaking stories and other video segments.

She said she is happy to be back in the Puget Sound area and is looking forward to finding and reporting on local stories.

``What's going on in the community is really what matters,'' she said.

Coleman hails from Eastern Washington, where he graduated from Republic High School. He is a graduate of the journalism program in the Department of Communications at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining the Reporter staff, Coleman worked as a photographer at The Star-News in McCall, Idaho, and the Snoqualmie Valley Record, a sister paper of the Reporter. He has also worked throughout the Seattle area as a freelancer including work for this newspaper.

He is looking forward to photographing sports and the people of the Island, he said.

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