Meet Steve Evans, journalist at The Examiner

FRESH FACE: Glen Innes Examiner senior journalist Steve Evans has moved from Seoul, Korea, where he worked for the BBC, to start his career working in community news.
FRESH FACE: Glen Innes Examiner senior journalist Steve Evans has moved from Seoul, Korea, where he worked for the BBC, to start his career working in community news.

FROM the skyscrapers of Seoul, South Korea, to the Standing Stones, Steve Evans is the new journalist in town.

After marrying an Australian and falling in love with the country, Mr Evans was previously a foreign correspondent with the BBC.

“The last four places I’ve lived in have been New York, London, Berlin and Seoul, so Glen Innes is very different,” Mr Evans said.

“My impression so far is that there is a lot of pride in Glen Innes and a diversity of people, all with stories to tell.

“The economy has not been kind, but determined people strive for improvement and that’s inspiring.”

Catch Mr Evans at The Chapel Theatre, where the self-confessed movie buff plans to spend his Saturday nights.

Playing classical guitar and listening all genres of music, except jazz, are just some of his favourite past times.

“I want to like it [jazz] but I just can’t,” Mr Evans said.

The experienced journalist said he looks forward to bringing more videos and podcasts to the community.

“I want to keep The Examiner at the centre of life, whether it’s online or as a paper which people actually hold in their hands,” he said.

“It’s really important that people who vote and pay taxes, and who are part of the community, know what is going on in the council and other public bodies.

“That’s part of my job – but there’s no point in a paper or website if it’s not interesting.

“I want to give people something interesting to read as well.”

Years ago, Mr Evans worked on local papers in Old South Wales, so he has experience with the local rumour mill.

“I know how important they [community newspapers] are,” he said.

“Newspapers have changed since I started, but the aim remains the same, to give news to people and to be interesting.”

So, if you see Mr Evans on Grey Street, stop to give him a wave, news tip, and warm welcome to town.

To contact Mr Evans, email stephen.evans@fairfaxmedia.com.au or phone 6732 1666.

For sports stories, contact Ellen Dunger at ellen.dunger@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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