Jeri Pearson has been named as reporter and assistant to the editor at the Hope Star, and she will be assuming primary reporting duties for the weekly Nevada County Picayune in Prescott, covering Prescott City Council, Nevada Quorum Court, and the Prescott School District.

Jeri Pearson has been named as reporter and assistant to the editor at the Hope Star, and she will also be assuming primary reporting duties for the weekly Nevada County Picayune in Prescott, covering Prescott City Council, Nevada Quorum Court, and the Prescott School District.
Pearson, age 31, comes to Hope from Minden, Louisiana, where she worked previously as a staff reporter for their daily newspaper, the Minden Press-Herald.
"I am absolutely fascinated by the influence each individual has and the role each person plays in their community," Pearson said. "I believe journalism and reporting is a key factor in informing citizens and can be a powerful tool in growing a community. I hope my love of people and community is reflected in my work and that I develop meaningful relationships here."
Pearson said she feels the Hempstead/Nevada region has many of the qualities she looks for when calling a place home.
"Everyone has been friendly and welcoming," she said. "It's warm hearts and open doors that make me feel home, and I chose to locate here because of that feeling you get in special small towns like this."
Pearson’s duties will include general assignment reporting and photography, typesetting and assisting the editor in the day-to-day content production, according to regional editor Rick Kennedy.
“I am glad to have Jeri bring her enthusiasm and prior writing experience to both the Hope Star and Nevada County Picayune newspapers. I look forward to seeing great things from her.  As Jeri transitions in her newspaper career with us, she will be actively engaged in the writing, photography, and getting to know our community” Kennedy said.
“Having lived and worked about an hour-or-so away from us in Minden and Webster Parish, Jeri comes here from a place and community culture very similar to ours, so I believe she will acclimate well to people and community here,” he said.
When not focused on work, Pearson enjoys spending time relaxing with friends, catching up with family and pursuing a variety of hobbies.
"It's impossible to sum up my interests. The joke among my friends is they never know from day to day if they are getting the heels-and-pearls version of me or the boots-and-backroads girl," she said. "I'm sure soon enough I'll have friends here that know me like that and I look forward to getting to know folks here."

Pearson is a 2002 graduate of Minden High School, and she also attended Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. She started her duties in Hope on Wednesday. Pearson can be contacted at jpearson@hopestar.com or (870) 777-8841 ext. 28.