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Free Press Welcomes New Reporter

Katelyn Dingman is the new reporter at The Free Press. - N Obre
Katelyn Dingman is the new reporter at The Free Press.
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By Katelyn Dingman

Free Press Staff

 

I’m a confident, friendly, approachable gal who rips into life’s journey with a motocross helmet strapped onto my head and a smile plastered across my face.

 

After graduating from Western University's Journalism program in Ontario, I decided to pack up my clothes and my 20 lb pug and jet across the country to live in a place where the air is cleaner and the people are friendlier.

 

I’m a motocross addict and a comic book junkie who loves covering local news, especially when it comes to covering niche groups that often seem to shine outside of the spotlight.

 

While studying my M.A. at Western, I specialized in radio journalism, crafting documentaries that focused on specialized hobbies like RC racing, motocross and pinball, to name a few.

 

I also spent some time volunteering for London and Guelph, Ontario’s local papers, writing for several different editorial categories including sports, arts and entertainment, health and news.

 

My love for hiking, skiing and biking is what drew me to Fernie, but the small community vibe of the town is what pushed me to pack my bags.

 

When I’m not riding my bike or hiking up the hills, you can probably find me at the movie theatre. I’m an avid movie watcher who can’t say no to a good comedy or fantasy film… in fact, I’ve probably watched the entire Harry Potter series at least a dozen times.

 

I haven’t been to a castle quite as magical as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but my passion for traveling did bring me to the Neuschwanstein castle in Austria — a picturesque fairy tale castle perched on the hilltops of the Bavarian Alps. My passion for traveling has also led me to explore such places as Germany, the Czech Republic, Australia and Tennessee. But nothing has caught my eye quite like the mountains here in Fernie.

 

I’m looking forward to spending my days in this beautiful province and I can’t wait to get settled in and to start exploring all that Mother Nature has to offer.

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