The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


February 10, 2013

Scott Underwood column: Good news writing the foundation of newspapers

The foundation of community newspapers has always been — and continues to be — news reporting. Here at The Herald Bulletin, five reporters do the bulk of local news writing for our daily paper, website and other print and digital publications. Every day, they research and write articles tied to local people, local events and local trends.

While many of the ideas for their articles come from THB editors, they also generate many of their own stories. Some of these spring from observations they’ve made or information they’ve gathered. Often, the kernel of a story idea comes from you, the reader.

Here is a brief introduction to our reporters:

u About a year ago, Abbey Doyle moved from the business/northern county beat to our features writing position. A native of the Vincennes area, Abbey wrote for newspapers in Alabama and Louisiana before coming to The Herald Bulletin. Abbey’s special report on domestic violence in 2012 helped her earn The Herald Bulletin’s employee of the year award for 2012. Contact her at or 640-4805.

u Stu Hirsch, formerly of The Indianapolis Star, is an experienced reporter and writer. He joined The Herald Bulletin about a year ago and initially covered the business beat. He’s now responsible for the Anderson city and Madison County government beats. Stu can be reached at or 640-4861.

u Jack Molitor covers public safety — more commonly referred to as cops, courts and fires. Jack is from Carmel and has lived most of his life in Indiana. He went to college at Texas A&M. This is his first full-time job in newspaper. Jack can be reached at or 640-4883. He is currently working on a special report about local gun ownership. If you have strong feelings on the issue, contact Jack within the next few days; he might be able to use your comments in his reporting.

u Dani Palmer is a native Hoosier who graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and did internships at the Evansville Courier & Press before coming to The Herald Bulletin for her first full-time job in newspaper journalism. She covers education and local communities in the southern portion of Madison County. Contact her at or 640-4847.

u Baylee Pulliam joined The Herald Bulletin staff in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s journalism school and covers the business beat at The Herald Bulletin. Baylee can be reached at or 648-4250. She’s always looking for ideas for the Sunday business cover story, as well as articles for our weekly health page.

We invite readers to pitch story ideas directly to reporters. In addition to the email addresses and phone numbers listed above, all can be contacted through Facebook and Twitter.

While each of these reporters is assigned primary beats for coverage, all of them spend much of their reporting and writing time working on articles that are not closely related to their beats. They write for our quarterly magazine, Madison, as well as the many special sections and projects we tackle.

Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Contact him at or 640-4845.

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