Visitors and those who call on the phone will find some new employees at the Sedalia Democrat.
Over the last three months, employees have been hired in the sales department, and the newsroom has gained Emily Jarrett, a new reporter in January. Other departments have new employees as well.
Here’s a look:
Pam Ballard is a local audience sales consultant at the Democrat.
She has vast newspaper advertising experience, working for the Liberty Tribune and Townsend Communications.
She’s also worked in newspaper, magazine and office supply businesses in the Kansas City area. Her last position was with Cycle Trader.
Ballard lives in Warsaw with her husband, Ron, and “our two children, our own puppies.”
She can be reached at 826-1000, ext. 237.
Amanda Berendzen is a local audience sales consultant at the Democrat.
“I’ve been working in the service industry for 12 years,” she said, recalling how most of those were spent in Jefferson City. She moved to Sedalia about five years ago, living here with her dog, Hefner.
Berendzen is studying at State Fair Community College, pursuing an associate of arts degree. She can be reached at 826-1000, ext. 235.
Brooke Polzin is an audience fulfillment specialist at the Democrat.
An Iowa native, Polzin worked as a unit secretary for three years in an emergency room there.
She moved to Missouri with her husband, who is stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base. They live in Knob Noster.
Polzin is working on a bachelor’s degree in communications at Park University. She can be reached at 826-1000, ext. 239.
Emily Jarrett is new to the newsroom as a reporter.
She grew up in St. Louis and earned a journalism degree at the University of Central Missouri, minoring in international studies. While studying there, Jarrett was a news intern at the Democrat in 2008, where she mostly wrote feature articles.
After graduating, she worked for the Lee’s Summit Journal and the now-defunct Blue Springs Journal.
In her position, Jarrett covers Sedalia City Council and the Parks and Recreation board, as well as police and fire departments and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office.
Jarrett can be reached at 826-1000, ext. 212.
Cynthia Fosnow is a customer service representative in the circulation department.
She has worked at Inter-State Studio & Publishing Co. and Sutherlands Lumber, as well as a wholesale tobacco company, all in Sedalia.
She lives in Sedalia with her husband, Randy. They have two grown daughters.
Brian Pettis works in the pre-press department as a computer-to-plate technician.
“I did two years of graphic design work at the vo-tech school at State Fair Community College,” he said, referring to the college’s vocational program while he attended Smith-Cotton High School, from where he graduated.
He has a 6-year-old daughter, Ella, and lives in Sedalia.
Pettis is seeking a degree in network administration at SFCC.
Mike Bybee is a pressman.
He worked at the Democrat before, about five years ago, also as a pressman.
Bybee grew up in Minnesota, studied graphic design in Utah and did maintenance work in a power plant in Texas.
He lives in Sedalia.
Robert Leggiero works in the mailroom.
Though he grew up in Sedalia, he worked for about six years at Fasco, a factory that makes electric motors in Eldon, where he was a grinder/operator.
He earned a professional certificate in automotive technology at State Fair Community College. Leggiero lives in Sedalia.
Two other new hires are Travis Christian and Christopher Stoner, both of Sedalia. Both work in the mailroom.