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Holly Edgell's Biography

Proud to say I've been a journalist since 1990--starting at my college newspaper, moving into TV news as a producer, then into teaching journalism before heading back to the newsroom. In 2010, I joined the digital realm as a regional editor for Patch, and now I'm Community Editor at WCPO in Cincinnati. My job combines hyper local journalism and social media engagement--both within the context of a hybrid ...

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Nuns on the Bus take message about Ryan budget on the road in Missouri | National Catholic Report...

Nuns on the Bus take message about Ryan budget on the road in Missouri | National Catholic Report...

The Butlers did it: Illinois retirees revealed as winners of $218M share of Mega Millions jackpot

The Butlers did it: Illinois retirees revealed as winners of $218M share of Mega Millions jackpot

What was your first job as a journalist?

College newspaper. We actually got paid! Michigan State University.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes! Learned the ropes in a required college course.

How is social media changing news?

We have unprecedented ways of connecting with the audience, for engagement, story ideas, finding sources. You name it.

Places in my heart: Central America & the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (da U.P.) — Growing up in a family that moved every two or three years, I could count on two places that changed very little and offered warm welcomes. These two places are on their own both "off the beaten path" and taken together present a rather unlikely pairing: Menominee, Michigan (USA)--where my father grew up on the...

Black History Month: 7 things to celebrate, circa 2015 — There is still far too much to despair about when it comes to matters of race in the United States of America. Turns out, the scars of slavery are still at the scab stage--healing but liable to bleed and get infected when irritated. Still, there is cause for hope.

When did that happen? 9 things I do differently in 2015 — A few months ago I unplugged my television and called the cable company to request Internet-only service. I am not one of those "I don't watch TV," people! I work in television news, and I have a number of favorite must-see shows. What I realized, however, is that I could watch most of them online,...

5 things I ate in Cuba — This post was inspired by an NPR story titled, Mojito diplomacy: Chefs plan culinary tours to Cuba. Despite rationing--or because of?--the friends I spent time with found ways to get their hands on a variety of foods. Bottomline: if one had money, one could buy just about anything.

“Too nice?” 3 reasons nice guys and gals often survive and thrive at work — "It's easy to think of the workplace as something like a battleground-a place where only the tough survive. But what if the tables were turned? What if, instead of rewarding harsh and ruthless behavior, the most successful people among us were actually, gulp, kind?" -- OPEN Forum (American Express) I am a nice person.

Then and now: Reflections on Cuba and Cubans, 2002 to present — Relations between Cuba and the U.S. are warming, and it's about time. Actually, this rapprochement is a few decades overdue. I am not an expert in the efficacy of sanctions; however, it was likely pretty clear by around 1970 that the Cuba embargo (el bloqueo) was not working.

At the intersection of Ferguson, Shaw and Klemm — There is a one-way street in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis called Klemm. It runs between DeTonty and Tower Grove Park, just south of I-44. At the intersection of Klemm and Shaw Boulevard (about two blocks from the Missouri Botanical Gardens) sits a little grocery store. On the morning of Oct.

Shop 'til you drop: 9 ways to buy local in Cincinnati and around the Tri-State this holiday season — CINCINNATI - Sure, there are Black Friday deals to be had at the malls and big box stores. But consider this: Small business owners also rely on holiday shopping to put them in the black. And, many of them are your friends and neighbors.

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Since I last blogged… — It's been a while since I blogged. I have a good excuse: Been busy with the paradigm shift in local journalism. In February, WCPO became the first local news operation (as far as we know) to implement a subscription option. Call it a paywall, if you will.
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Feb 27, 2015

RT @ValaAfshar: World Population: 1 China 2 @facebook 3 India 4 Tencent 5 @WhatsApp 6 United States 7 @google+ 8 @LinkedIn 9 @twitter 10 Indonesia

Feb 27, 2015

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