WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Waxahachie Media Group are proud to announce that Chelsea Groomer, a 2014 Southwestern Assemblies of God University graduate, has joined the team to serves as the new communities reporter.

Before joining the Daily Light team, Groomer worked as a freelance multi-media source for non-profits, local artists, and small businesses domestically and internationally.

“I spent five months overseas in Jerusalem, Israel as a media journalist doing video and photography. Then came back home and traveled the states, filming projects for all sorts of organizations and individuals,” Groomer said.

Although she is making a career shift to print media, Groomer explained, “I enjoyed filming, don’t get me wrong, but writing is really my passion. I’ve always loved to write ever since I was a kid. I remember writing short stories growing up, articles in my high school newspaper, and then I got into film in college and wrote comedy sketches and screenplays. I couldn’t stop writing. So when the position opened up with the Daily Light, it was a no-brainer for me.

“I was thrilled when I found out I got the job. I love Waxahachie and the people in it, and I look forward to telling this town’s stories.”

Travis Smith, WDL managing editor, said Groomer brings versatility to the team and her strengths, such as when Groomer has a camera in hand, will further help to improve the overall product and impact of the Daily Light and the Mirror in the community.

“Chelsea hit the ground running on Monday and hasn’t stopped,” Smith said. “After she left the interview, Kelsey [Poynor] and I knew she was the perfect fit. I know the communities of Waxahachie, Red Oak and Midlothian, as well as Italy, Maypearl, Avalon and Ennis, will enjoy working with Chelsea. We are ecstatic and cannot wait to watch as our readers latch on to her storytelling and photos.”

Chelsea can be reached at cgroomer@waxahachietx.com or by phone at (469) 517-1450. She is also on Twitter at @ChelseaGroomer.