Flomer hired as new reporter

March 13, 2014

Staff report

Melonie Flomer (nee McLaurin) has been hired as a new full-time general assignment reporter for The Richmond County Daily Journal. Her first day of work was Thursday.

Flomer, 45, is a native of Rockingham and brings eight years of experience in education, including three years as a technology specialist and the last five as a classroom teacher. She attend Richmond Community College and then transferred to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg. From there, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Personnel Management.

“Great journalism is the backbone of community in America,” Flomer said. “I’m proud to be a part of The Richmond County Daily Journal and excited by the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues while transitioning to my new career.”

Flomer also has writing and social media experience through employment with a Southern Pines marketing firm and as administrative coordinator for a Rockingham church.

Kevin Spradlin, editor and content manager, said the Flomer’s addition to the staff fills a key position with a top-notch person who exudes quality through her writing.

“I think she’ll be a great fit here,” Spradlin said. “She did very well in both writing tests as well as the mock interview.”

As a general assignment reporter, Flomer will report on a variety of issues that impact and involve the people of Richmond County. She is expected to write a healthy mix of hard news stories and feature articles.

“I think Melonie will do a fine job writing the human interest stories of the people of Richmond County,” Spradlin said. “She has a way with people.”

Flomer lives in Laurinburg with her husband Walter. She has one son, Charlie Jackson, who is a student at UNC-Pembroke studying history and religion.

The Daily Journal, published Tuesday through Saturday, is owned by Davidson-based Civitas Media. Civitas Media oversees more than 100 publications and employs more than 1,400 people in 11 states. The company’s 35 daily, 28 weekend and 63 weekly publications have a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.