A familiar face is returning to journalism in Jackson.
Less than two months after the launch of The Jackson Post, Magic Valley Publishers has announced the addition of the second member of the newsroom in Jackson.
For nearly four years, Julia Ewoldt produced, reported, and anchored for local television station, WBBJ. She served all of West Tennessee, not only bringing them local news, but also helping them start their mornings.
Ewoldt will officially join The Jackson Post team after the holidays to bring her insight and knowledge of Jackson and Madison County to our readers.
“Part of the reason The Post exists is because of a conversation Julia and I had in September. We were were catching up for the first time in months, reminiscing of stories we’d both worked on at our previous jobs, and we both knew we wanted to do that again,” said Post Managing Editor Brandon Shields. “To say I’m thrilled to have Julia join our team is an understatement.
“The first time I worked with her was on a breaking news story on the edge of West Tennessee. She was still new to reporting, but I saw the way she tracked down sources, leads and information. It showed her initiative to get the story, get it right, and get it to the public. And now, she’s bringing that passion to The Post.”
Ewoldt, who is a graduate of Hardin County High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin, said she’s glad to get back into journalism.
“I am so excited for this role,” Ewoldt said. “If I am passionate about one thing, it’s local journalism.
“Everyone deserves their story to be told, local government needs to be held accountable, and the public needs to know what’s going on in their community. The best way for a community to be engaged is with a reliable source of information.”
Ewoldt’s experience ranges from print journalism, to radio and television. She is an experienced videographer and storyteller who has connections from “River to River” in West Tennessee.
Ewoldt has lived in Jackson for nearly four years and plans to settle down in the Hub City with her fiancé, Cody Stooksberry. She left WBBJ in June of 2021 to work on the marketing and communications team at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. She is a member of the 44th Leadership Jackson class that just celebrated its graduation on Thursday, Dec. 15.
“Julia is known throughout Jackson and Madison County, and more importantly, Julia is trusted throughout Jackson and Madison County,” Shields said. “I’m looking forward to how she helps what we’re doing at The Post covering Jackson and Madison County and returning local journalism to the area.”