Eliza­beth Beil­man is the new senior reporter at the News and Tribune in Jefferson­ville.

Beil­man, who primarily covers Jeffer­sonville, Sellersburg, transportation and River Ridge Commerce Center, was hired in January 2014. The Louisville native and Western Kentucky University graduate early this year took on a leadership role with the “Facing Homelessness” series, which stretched seven months.

“Elizabeth established herself quickly as a newsroom leader,” said Editor Shea Van Hoy. “She took charge of the largest editorial project this paper has tackled in my 10 years as editor, and the end result was impressive. She’s really deserving of this position.”

In the newly created role, Beilman will help lead future projects and also serve as a mentor to new reporters, as well as other duties. She’ll also continue to cover her current beats.

In other staff changes, the News and Tribune recently hired Aprile Rickert as a staff writer and Joel Stinnett as a page designer.

Rickert primarily covers Clark County and Clarksville government, as well as other general assignment stories.

Rickert, a New Albany native, graduated from Indiana University Southeast in December 2014. There, she served as editor-in-chief of The Horizon, the university’s award-winning news organization.

Stinnett, a Louisville native, is finishing up coursework at IU Southeast, where he also served as editor-in-chief of The Horizon.

– News and Tribune (Jeffersonville)