Reporter will cover several beats

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A U.S. Marine Corps veteran is the newest member of The Connersville News-Examiner editorial staff.

Derrick Holdridge will cover local schools, police, fire and emergency response and some local government organizations.

The 27-year-old spent four years (2003 to 2007) in the Marines, serving two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

Afterward, he attended IU Southeast in New Albany and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an associate degree in communications.

Holdridge, originally from Windham, N.Y., recently moved to the area from Jeffersonville with his fiancée, Leslie Kaufer. The two are planning a September wedding.