After originally applying for a part-time position in the mailroom, former Roswell resident Alison Penn has joined the Roswell Daily Record editorial team as a news writer.
Penn will be covering Roswell City Hall and the Roswell Independent School District.
“We’re excited to have Alison on board,” said editor Jeff Tucker. “Alison has an outstanding academic background, she’s familiar with the area and brings real enthusiasm to the newsroom.”
Penn moved to Roswell from High Rolls in Otero County 1996. During her childhood, she danced at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet, participated in Girl Scouts, and attended Berrendo elementary, Gateway Christian and Goddard for her freshman and sophomore years.
In 2010, Penn left Roswell to attend New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, where she received her Mastery of Visual Arts concentration, and graduated as salutatorian of the inaugural class of 2012. Her time in Santa Fe was spent participating in SITE Santa Fe’s Young Curators and studying tribal-style belly dance at Pomegranate Studios. She attended University of New Mexico for three years, and then moved back to Santa Fe.
Following the entrepreneurial spirit of her parents, Jason Penn of Pennz Electric and Christy Penn of Christy Penn Photography, Alison Penn has been doing freelance social media coordinating, working as doula and nanny, and had the pleasure of spending the past summer in New York City.
Penn, 24, is taking a break from college to discover what she truly loves and is thrilled to be writing for her hometown newspaper.
“I have always loved writing, but I never believed I could be a professional writer,” Penn said. “The newspaper is the perfect medium to challenge myself. I am honored to be adding to the bread and butter of Chaves County.”
City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.