Reporter/editor joins Observer news staff

Written by Bill Rautenstrauch, for The Observer April 24, 2013 02:40 pm

Kelly Belton Ducote 

by BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / for The Observer

Kelly Belton Ducote, a recent graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., has joined The Observer as a reporter and editor.

Ducote earned a bachelor’s degree of arts, journalism and political science in May 2012. She was in the school’s Honors Program, and accrued a 4.0 GPA. She was a winner of the John Caldwell Social Sciences Memorial Scholarship, and the Kerry Garland Memorial Journalism Scholarship. 

Most recently, Ducote worked as a graphic designer at The Jackson Independent in Jonesboro, La. She built ads for the paper, and did layout for sections including news, sports and lifestyle. She also designed special sections for the paper.

In 2011, Ducote was an intern at the El Paso Times, editing copy and writing headlines for all sections of the paper.

From 2010-12, she was editor-in-chief of The Tech Talk, Louisiana Tech’s campus newspaper. There, she managed an editorial staff of eight students and a reporting staff of five. In addition to her editing responsibilities, she wrote news stories and columns on national, state local, and campus issues.

At The Observer, Ducote will cover city of La Grande and Union County governments, natural resources issues, police and fire news and more.

Reach Ducote at 541-963-3161.