New reporter hails from Maine


A new reporter has joined the News-Banner (Bluffton).

Matt­hew LeBlanc comes to the newspaper from Maine – via Mis­souri, Iowa and South Carolina.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, LeBlanc grew up in northern Maine.

After graduating, he worked for newspapers in Missouri and Iowa before dabbling in public relations and managing television newsrooms in Missouri and South Carolina.

LeBlanc will be covering education – and, he hopes, many other things – in Wells County for the News-Banner.

He is married to Sarah Symonds LeBlanc, an instructor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Matthew and his wife have a 4-month-old daughter, Caroline.

They currently reside in Fort Wayne.