Tribune welcomes newest reporter

Friday, October 17, 2014

From Staff Reports

You may have met her already -- she's been out and about around the county taking pictures and writing stories for the Tribune since July, but has not been officially introduced to our readers.

Her name is Ivory, like the soap, but she's been called Ivy and Aubrey, among other things.

Ivory Freedom Nicholette Riner, daughter of Heather Riner and Randy Riner, was born in 1994 and grew up in Lewisburg. She graduated from Cornersville High School with distinction in 2013. Her senior year was a busy one -- she was president of her graduating class, president of Future Business Leaders of America, a member of the yearbook staff, captain of the soccer team, and a member of Junior Leadership Marshall. She was a Rotary Club Student of the Month her senior year and earned All-District, All-Tournament, and MVP in soccer. She is currently in her third semester at Columbia State Community College, where she majors in Mass Communications. She earned a spot on the Dean's List at CSCC her second semester. She plans to ultimately earn her master's degree in Mass Communications from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Her love for journalism sparked when her FBLA adviser took the group to tour Fox 17 news. Shortly after that she got the opportunity to job shadow reporter Tracee Tolentino from News 2, who now works for CBS in New York.

Riner started out as a summer intern through the Summer Youth Program at the Career Center, but was hired on to stay at the Tribune.

"We are very fortunate Ivory came in looking for a part-time summer intern position," said Jim Ward, general manager of the Tribune. Ward went on to say, "She not only has the passion and desire to report the news, she enjoys looking for feature stories to share with our readers. It has also been a blessing to have her knowledge of the county and residents we serve. After her internship was over, there was no question but to offer her a full part-time position while attending school. We are pleased to have her on our staff."

As a reporter, she enjoys writing human interest stories and meeting the influential people of Marshall County.

"I worked in fast food for four years, so I wasn't expecting the Tribune to hire someone who had no experience. I was very lucky to earn an internship with the paper, and get employed a few months later. It has opened so many doors for me. I go to school full-time and work. It's tough balancing both, but I have always told myself I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. As a little girl I always prayed to God that He would bring me success in my life and I would make my parents proud; He definitely answered my prayers," said Riner.

She really enjoys the experience the Tribune provides her and hopes to further her endeavors as a journalist.