Local reporter Rachel Wright has accepted a position to teach abroad in mainland China and will be leaving Hope as well as her duties at the Nevada County Picayune at the end of January.

Local reporter Rachel Wright has accepted a position to teach abroad in mainland China and will be leaving Hope as well as her duties at the Nevada County Picayune at the end of January.
Wright, age 23, originally joined the staff of the Hope Star in February 2016 after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she got her degree in mass communication with minors in psychology and French.
By April 2016, Wright assumed news coverage responsibilities for the Nevada County Picayune, covering the Nevada Quorum Court, Prescott City government, and the Prescott School Board.
"It has been a wonderful experience being able to cover all the events that went on. That is how I got to meet and know so many people," Wright said.
In her new career, Wright will be teaching English in Dongguan, China, and plans on flying out in mid-February. She said she is in the process of obtaining the authorized travel documents.
Nevada Picayune Editor Rick Kennedy said "I was privileged to work with Rachel over the course of the past year both at the Picayune and the Hope Star, and I will greatly miss her as both a trusted friend and colleague. She was an excellent representative in both the Nevada and Hempstead communities, and she is truly an outstanding and bright individual. I congratulate her on this new and exciting time in her life and career change.”
“The Nevada County Picayune benefited greatly from her talents and contributions during her 12 months of service here, and she was dedicated employee, who excelled in her job and was highly regarded both in the workplace and the community. I believe she will achieve much success in her endeavors in the years to come,” Kennedy said.
Wright’s official last day will be January 27. Kennedy said a search for her successor will start immediately.