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The Sedalia Democrat welcomed two new staff members last week, Faith Bemiss and Nicole Cooke.

Bemiss has written for the Democrat since 1997, focusing on food stories and profiles of local restaurants. She will continue to write feature stories and take photos as well as take over duties from Democrat Newsroom Assistant Latisha Koetting, who resigned from the paper to work as the volunteer coordinator at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

“Replacing Latisha is going to be very hard, she’s been at the paper for so long and was loved by the community. I know I have very big shoes to fill,” Bemiss said.

“Faith is already well known to many of our readers for her quality writing and photography and I think she will bring an exciting new dynamic to the pages of the Democrat,” said Democrat Editor Dennis Rich.

Bemiss said she was glad to be part of the Democrat team.

“I love journalism,” she said. “While I’ll continue to write about food, I’m looking forward to meeting more people in the community and telling their stories.”

Bemiss can be reached at 826-1000 ext. 222 or fbemiss@civitasmedia.com.

Cooke is a recent graduate of the University of Central Missouri and will be the Democrat’s new copyeditor and education reporter, focusing on school districts within Pettis County. Cooke graduated with a degree in public relations with a minor in journalism and will write news and feature stories as well as take photos. Cooke said she was looking forward to starting her career in journalism.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know students and faculty in the school districts I’ll be covering and sharing their stories,” she said.

“Nicole is a fine young journalist who hit the ground running when she joined our staff and has already proven herself an invaluable part of the newsroom,” Rich said. “She is likely to have a long career in this business and we are proud to be a part of the first chapter of her professional life.”

Cooke can be reached at 826-1000 ext. 216 or ncooke@civitasmedia.com.

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