For Kristina Belcher, taking a job as a reporter at The State Journal means coming home — in more ways than one.
Belcher, 24, grew up in Frankfort and interned at the newspaper twice as a college student. Now, after nearly two years working in television news, she’s back in her hometown covering crime and courts for print.
“I wanted to be able to continue working in news and work in Frankfort, and I always enjoyed my time here (at The State Journal), so it seemed like a logical choice to come back here and make it a permanent thing,” Belcher said.
“I’m in the perfect beat for me … it changes every day, you never know what you’re going to hear or see, so I’m glad I get to focus on that.”
She replaces Lindsey Erdody, who left the newspaper to take a job at The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind.
Belcher graduated from Franklin County High School in 2007 and went on to the University of Kentucky. She switched her major three times — from journalism to photography to nutrition and then back again to journalism — before graduating in 2011.
“(Journalism) was the only thing that ever really caught my attention,” she said. “You get to do something different every single day.”
Belcher most recently worked as a reporter for WTVQ in Lexington, covering overnight news for the Good Morning Kentucky broadcast. Her professional experience also includes a stint at WLEX as an associate producer for the Sunrise show.
“I worked for a few years in TV news, and now I’m back in my hometown and ready to be back at the paper,” she said.
She also plans to continue teaching at Capital City Dance studio, a position she started seven years ago as a senior in high school.
Belcher is the daughter of Stan and Vanessa Betsworth. She’s married to Ryan Belcher, and the couple has a 4-month-old daughter.
She can be reached at The State Journal at 502-227-4556 ext. 255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.