The Linn County Leader introduces their recently hired news editor: Michael Dieringer.

It’s a strange feeling to write about yourself in a newspaper. However, it felt right to introduce myself to the people of Linn county. It’s been an exciting adventure as I begin to integrate myself into the various communities throughout the county. While I’m not a native of the local area, I am a native of northern Missouri.

I’ve spent most of my life in the town of Maryville, just up the road. As the son of two university professors, I broke away from the family tradition of research and academia to pursue my career in journalism.

I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media. Besides education, I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time doing work for several publications in northwest Missouri and spent several years as an announcer and reporter for a National Public Radio affiliate station.

For a long time my passion has been to promote awareness, education and transparency in media. Often times, people rely on large media corporations via television or the internet for their main news source. These are typically sources that cover national and international events, leaving little room to hear about local happenings and news.

I’m happy to say I’ve always been attentive and aware of the issues and events happening in my community. It’s with this mindset that I plan to continue to deliver the stories, news and insight that is expected out of this publication. It’s what you deserve.

If you see me around, feel free to say hello. I enjoy conversation and I love to listen. Every day has been exciting and everyone has been wonderfully pleasant. I look forward to becoming a part of your community.

Thank you for giving me that opportunity.