Madigan is new reporter for Banner, Journal

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MANCHESTER — Cherise Madigan has joined the newsrooms of the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal as a reporter.

Madigan, 23, will cover the Northshire of Bennington County for both newspapers, as well as the area's health care system and the performing arts.

A Manchester resident, Madigan is a 2011 graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington. She graduated summa cum laude from Nazareth College in Pittsford, N.Y., in 2015, earning degrees in political science and international studies. At Nazareth, she founded a nonprofit organization focusing on gender equality and worked closely with women's groups in Iraq and Kenya.

"Cherise brings a great deal of talent, knowledge and enthusiasm to the job," said Kevin Moran, the editor and vice president of New England Newspapers Inc., which owns the Banner and Journal. "She's a native of the area, so she knows the region well. That's a plus for readers."

An avid runner and outdoor sportswoman, Madigan has focused on active outdoor pursuits such as running, skiing and bowhunting for the Journal's weekly "Get Outside" feature.

On a correspondent basis in recent months, Madigan has written news and features for the Journal and Banner, where she previously worked as a high school reporting intern, and at the Brattleboro Reformer and The Berkshire Eagle, which are also New England Newspapers publications.

"Cherise helped us establish our 'Get Outside' feature and put us on a path toward our goal of producing the best outdoor writing in Vermont. But that's only a small part of the potential she brings to the Journal and Banner newsrooms," Journal editor Greg Sukiennik said. "I am confident her reporting and writing will be a tremendous asset to both newspapers, and to their readers."

Madigan's appointment follows the departure of Makayla-Courtney McGeeney, who left the Banner and Journal in March for a communications position at Williamstown, Mass.-based Tunnel City Coffee.

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