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C-I announces newsroom changes

Posted: March 1, 2013 5:03 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The Chronicle-Independent announces newsroom changes effective today with the hiring of Camden native Fraser Speaks as its new Localife editor. Speaks will take over the Localife page from Tenell Felder. Felder is taking up the mantle of West Wateree Chronicle editor from Michael Ulmer who left Friday for a position with the Aiken Standard.

“We wish Michael the best. He was a great asset to us during his two years here and was especially helpful to me during the last six months,” Editor Martin L. Cahn said.

In addition to her role as Localife editor, Speaks will take over the Kershaw County government beat, attending Kershaw County Council meetings and writing other county-focused stories. She will also write a weekly column and assist in the newsroom by proofing pages and loading material to the C-I’s website.

Speaks is the daughter of Robbie and Amy Speaks, both teachers at Camden High School (CHS) from which Speaks graduated in 2008. While attending CHS, Speaks served for two years as editor of The Palmetto Leaf, the school’s newspaper. She graduated in August 2012 from Wofford College with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Wofford, Speaks served for one semester as a section editor for the college’s newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. After graduation, she worked for several months as an administrative and marketing assistant for State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk’s reelection campaign.

“I’m very happy to have Fraser join our newsroom,” Cahn said. “She is a bright, young person with deep ties to the community -- not just through her family but by her own right -- in Camden and Kershaw County. She’s bringing a lot of energy to the newsroom.”

While shifting to the West Wateree Chronicle, Felder will continue to act as the page designer for the C-I, creating the paper’s front page and nearly all of its inside pages. She will also continue to design The Camden Horse, Camden Media Co.’s quarterly equine magazine. Felder will add some reporting duties to her repertoire by attending and reporting on Elgin Town Council meetings. She will also edit the Lake Wateree News.

“Tenell has done a really good job on the Localife page since being hired last summer, which is why we know she’s ready to take the reins of the West Wateree Chronicle, our free weekly newspaper in Lugoff and Elgin,” Cahn said.

Staff reporter Miciah Bennett will now handle the C-I’s church page and “What’s Up” calendar of events. Bennett will continue to report on education, crime and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. What’s Up and church events can both be emailed to her at

“Miciah continues to be a top-notch reporter for the C-I,” Cahn said. “She is a professional journalist well-liked by the education community and is great at finding those ‘extra’ stories about our schools and children throughout the county.”


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