Behind the Headlines website officially launches

Copious amounts of coffee and cold pizza were consumed during the building of this website. After two months of stressing out and questioning my sanity — it’s finally finished (I think). I’m sure there will be changes as we grow but this is okay for now.

Let me start with how this website came into being.

As many of my friends and followers know, St. George News and I parted ways last October. At the time, it was a relief as my son had just undergone major surgery and was in leg casts and a wheelchair. He needed me home, not 50 miles away in St. George four days a week for 10 to 12 hours at a time. The fact is, my role as a journalist and a mom aren’t always compatible and the latter always takes priority.

Afterwards, I took some time away from the public light. I got off Facebook and took a few months to help my son heal and to reflect on what it was I wanted to do when I grew up.

For several years, I had run hard as a reporter. I was burnt out and quite frankly, a little disillusioned. I was sick of the child sex abuse stories; I was done with covering political games; I had had enough of fighting public officials, and the emphasis that many news companies now place on quotas and clicks was enough to drive me out of the business forever; The passion I once had for my work was, at that moment, gone. I had nothing left to give.

What got me to that point was a combination of things and people. Most of them unimportant now. Truth is, what I really needed was a sabbatical from the news business.

After my son healed, I started getting eager to get back out there but I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. Over the last seven years of living in Iron County, I have come to love it here. During this time, I’ve had the chance of getting to know many good people and in the process, build some strong friendships. The selflessness of those who serve our communities behind the scenes has amazed me as I’ve watched them work countless hours with little credit and never a regard for themselves. I have enjoyed covering the issues, the politics and the people here. So, with all of that in mind I knew that whatever I was going to do, I wanted it to involve Iron County.

It was then, the idea for Behind the Headlines was born.

Iron County is starting to grow and while that brings with it a lot of great new businesses and people, it also often means new issues and some growing pains. It’s now more important than ever, residents are informed and have a place they can have open dialogue and discussions. They also deserve to have their own news publication that puts their communities first and has actually made it into the digital age of the 21st century. Besides Behind the Headlines, we are also working on bringing a full news site to do just that. In the meantime, Behind the Headlines will work on bringing the public the news and information they need.

We can’t do it alone though. We need readers’ help to get the word out and to send us news tips. I can be contacted directly via phone, text, email or hit the social media links at the top of the page to find me anywhere online.

Take some time and check out our website. The ‘About’ page provides our mission and our values along with more information on what we have planned. The ‘Support a Free Press’ page sheds some light on the state of local news agencies throughout the country and provides information on how to support us. The ‘Be a Guest’ page lines out what we’re looking for and how to pitch ideas.

We’re excited and we hope you are too. We have awesome things planned for the future, including contests with chances to earn some great prizes. So, hit the subscribe button on the right and you’ll be notified via email when we post new articles. Also, share this website with your family and friends to help us spread the word.

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