A letter from Epicenter Mt. Pleasant’s new managing editor

“I don’t think of all of the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
– Anne Frank

I adore this quote from Anne Frank. It’s one of the handful of things I’ve read that has stuck with me. I love it for its innocence, I love it for the additional meaning it carries as you contemplate the circumstances under which it was written, and I love it for how I’ve tried to apply it to my career as a journalist.

Many times, we read stories from the media and look up at the end feeling as if the world is about to collapse in on itself at any given moment. However, there is so much good around us – whether it’s some renovations happening downtown that will help bring in more tourism, the generosity of local businesses who are coming together to sponsor a charity event, or the stand-out citizen making a difference in the community.

This is why I’m a journalist, and this is why I am thrilled to be the new managing editor of Epicenter Mt. Pleasant because it aligns with my goals of what I hope to accomplish as a journalist: focusing on the people who are working to find solutions to problems and issues in their community. I’m excited to work with the amazing team here to bring you stories that display the talent and entrepreneurship located right under our noses, stories that show the growth of this community, and stories that drive Isabella County forward.

So, who am I?

I’m a short redhead with a passion for telling stories and meeting new people. I have degrees in Journalism and Electronic Media Broadcasting, and have worked for a variety of media outlets – from radio to television to print – and done grant-writing in the nonprofit sector as well. I’ve received recognition from the Michigan Press Association for Enterprise reporting. Now, I own a videography and social media management business so I can help businesses tell their stories, and capture love stories through wedding videos.

As I move into my role as managing editor here, I look forward to meeting you and working with you to share the stories of Isabella County. If you know of great things happening here, I encourage you to reach out!

My best,

Gabrielle “Gabe” Haiderer

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