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Steinhofer newest member of Advocate newsroom

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Kerry Steinhofer is the newest member of the newsroom at The Advocate-Messenger.

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The newest reporter for The Advocate-Messenger is fresh off the Olympics beat in Rio de Janeiro and excited about covering Danville and Boyle County.
“I love it; I was in Wilmore for four years, I’m used to small towns,” said Kerry Steinhofer, who graduated from Asbury University with a degree in journalism this summer. “Danville is a little bigger than Wilmore, but I still feel comfortable here.”
Steinhofer began writing for The Advocate-Messenger in July, but then had to leave for Brazil to fulfill her duties as a member of a journalism team from Asbury covering the Olympics.
She returned to Kentucky this week and has resumed her reporter duties with the paper full-time.
Working in journalism has been a goal of Steinhofer’s since she was young.
“I got involved in photography when I was in eighth grade and I fell in love with it instantly,” she said.
Steinhofer grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington Christian Academy. As she progressed in high school, working for the school paper and yearbook, she began to write stories in addition to taking photos.
“When I started writing, I fell in love with it, too,” she said.
“We’re excited to have a reporter who is so well trained in the art of journalism and ready to start putting that training to good use,” said Ben Kleppinger, executive editor. “Kerry clearly has a passion for the work and I look forward to seeing the stories she will cover throughout her career.”
Steinhofer, who currently lives in the Lexington area, said she’s looking forward to moving to Danville and getting to know the community.
“It’s a lot different than I thought it was going to be and I love it,” she said. “There’s a lot of interesting topics and things I never thought I would write about.”
Steinhofer said she loves that her job has her covering hard news.
“As a journalist, your job is to inform the public,” she said. “That’s my main goal — to inform the public as much as possible.”