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The Ellis County Press

The Ellis County Press added two new staff members this week, according to Charles D. Hatfield, Jr., publisher.

"We’re pleased to have the professional quality staff to bolster both news and advertising," said Hatfield. Bethany Berry, general assignments reporter is one of the newest additions to The Ellis County Press family.

Berry had always dreamed of being a doctor, but after enrolling in a journalism course while in high school, debated whether medicine was truly in her future.

As an undergraduate at Midwestern State University, Berry took "a leap of faith" and decided to pursue a major in mass communication. There, she explored the world of journalism, interning for local news stations, writing in AP style, learning how to copy edit, do interviews and learning other functions of a journalist.

"It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make," she said, "but a decision I’m proud of."

After graduat-ing, Barry worked as an associate producer for KFDX 3 News in Wichita Falls.

Shortly after, she moved back to Cedar Hill to be close to family and landed a position as a staff writer with Today Newspapers.

Barry is glad to be a part of the ECP team and report for the citizens of Ellis county.

"Im excited to embark on this new experience," she said.

"It is my goal to provide the citizens of Ellis County and surrounding cities with news that impacts them. I hope to uphold the Presss motto of defending truth and freedom."

On the personal side, Bethany was born and raised in the Dallas area. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching "classic" movies and spending time with family and friends. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Big Brother and Big Sister organization. Bethany hopes to one day travel to Europe.


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