BENNINGTON -- Elizabeth "Beth" Conkey joined the Banner as a staff writer in May.
Born in Beverly, Mass., and raised in South Carolina until she was 9, Conkey and her family moved to New York for the remainder of her formative years. She is a Long Lake Central High School graduate.
A 2012 graduate of University of Albany, State University of New York, with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a French minor, Conkey started out covering nearby New York, including the towns and schools in Cambridge and Hoosick Falls. Earlier this month, we decided to transition Conkey and her considerable feature writing skills to our education beat. You may see her covering local school board meetings or events this fall. If you are fluent in French, as she is, be sure to say "bonjour."
A new Vermont resident, Conkey said she has been enjoying living in Bennington. "The community has been very welcoming. I have met so many nice people here who make me feel at home," the 23-year-old said.
When not chasing down stories for the Banner, Conkey likes to practice and teach yoga, read, go out to eat, and spend time with friends.
Conkey recently came up with the idea for and has been researching and writing a weekly series, The Tranquil Benningtonian, on holistic ways to reduce stress.
"I've really enjoyed the series and I've gotten a lot of good feedback from readers. It makes me feel like my writing is really reaching people. I appreciate all the comments I've received about it," she said. "I've gotten really into learning about holistic health, which kind of goes hand-in-hand with yoga."
Topics she has explored in the Saturday series have included hypnotherapy, acupuncture, polarity, sound meditation and massage so far.
With the impending arrival of autumn, Conkey said she looks forward to keeping the community informed about the advances in local classrooms, but also to the crisp weather and foliage the area is known for.
"I'm looking forward to fall because I like to hike and see the leaves change. I'm excited to see more of rural Bennington," she said.
If you have a story tip for Conkey or just want to ask her "Comment ca va?" email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-447-7567, ext. 118 or follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.