The Lincoln County News has two new reporters on the job this spring.
Evan Houk started work as a full-time general assignment reporter April 8.
Houk has a Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies and English literature, with a minor in journalism, from Youngstown State University in Ohio.
A recent transplant from Pittsburgh, he grew up in the small town of Bessemer, Pa. and is adjusting well to life in small-town Maine.
His hobbies include attending live music events and hiking. “I look forward to experiencing as much of Maine’s natural beauty as I can,” he said.
Houk will cover Bristol, Damariscotta, Monhegan, Newcastle, and South Bristol.
Candy Congdon, of Round Pond, started work as a part-time general assignment reporter March 28.
Congdon returns to the newspaper after nearly four years as author of the “Round Pond” column, from December 2008 to August 2012.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tufts University in Massachusetts.
For much of her professional career, Congdon was a recruiter for various corporations in the Dallas area. She has lived in Round Pond year-round since 2002.
Congdon will work with Houk and Alexander Violo to cover the towns of Bremen, Bristol, and South Bristol.
“We are happy to welcome Evan to the newsroom and to welcome Candy back,” LCN Editor J.W. Oliver said.
“Evan’s clear ability and his enthusiasm for journalism and for moving to Lincoln County brought him to the top of a strong field of candidates,” Oliver said. “Candy’s column was always lively and overflowing with news, and she is already applying the same talents to coverage of local government and other happenings.”