A new addition to The Herald’s newsroom is hoped to strengthen the newspaper’s multimedia reporting and better its overall news coverage.

Abby Crosthwait joined The Herald team this week, coming most recently from Saepio Technologies, a marketing software company in Kansas City, Mo., where she was a marketing communications coordinator.

Crosthwait graduated from Park University in 2011 with a degree in communications and an emphasis in broadcast. She reported for the school’s newspaper, The Stylus, and was the news editor, as well as photo editor, during her senior year. While writing for The Stylus, she earned a second-place award for in-depth reporting at the Missouri College Media Association Awards.

A Kansas City native, she also completed an internship with KMBC 9, as well as worked as a disc jockey for Park University’s student-run radio channel.

Crosthwait’s work at The Herald is expected to focus on Franklin County, as well as the West Franklin and Central Heights school districts.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity,” she said. “I look forward to getting to know the people and the city of Ottawa and Franklin County a lot better.”