The Opelika Observer has recently undergone changes to its staff. Rebekah Martin, who has worked for the Observer since June 2014, assumed the responsibilities of associate editor Monday after the departure of Alison James last week.
Originally from Talladega, Ala., Martin is a 2011 graduate of Faulkner University in Montgomery where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in english and journalism.
“I am looking forward to the challenges that being the associate editor of the Observer will bring,” Martin said. “I believe I have been trained well and am ready for the responsibility. I love Opelika and I want to continue to offer the city a quality community newspaper.”
Also joining the Observer staff is Anna-Claire Terry, who will graduate from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism May 10. Terry has worked at the paper since January as the spring intern. Terry has accepted the position of staff reporter, and will take on new responsibilities including layout and page design and planning commission coverage. Terry is originally from Moulton, Ala.
“I feel very grateful to have been offered the opportunity to join the Observer staff,” Terry said. “I’m fresh out of college so I am excited to start applying everything I’ve learned in a professional setting.”
Fred Woods, Observer editor, expressed his appreciation to Alison James in a farewell luncheon last week for her contribution to the newspaper, but said he has the utmost confidence in Martin and Terry to continue to build on the Observer’s reputation as Opelika and Lee County’s quality community newspaper.