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Shannon Watkins has joined the staff of The Gazette as the new Galax beat reporter. Watkins was born and raised in Suffolk, in the Tidewater region of Virginia, but has lived in the Radford area for the past 18 years.
She is taking over the position from Shaina Stockton, who is moving into the Carroll County beat position after the departure of Chris Brooke, the former Carroll reporter.
Watkins is a graduate of Radford University’s media studies program, and lives in downtown Galax with an apartment full of books and kitchen equipment, which she is absorbed in when not working or wandering around the nearest bluegrass festival.
Watkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (276) 236-5178, ext. 211.