Max Hrenda has joined the Elizabethton STAR staff as the newspaper’s county government and general assignment reporter.
Hrenda is a 2009 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Before moving to ETSU, Hrenda also studied film and political science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he was a recipient of the J. Warren McClure Scholarship for Creative Writing.
While at ETSU, he was a three-time Communications Department nominee in the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards program. He also received the Johnson City Press Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism.
In 2009 and 2010, Hrenda worked at the Bristol Herald Courier as a sports writer. He is also a former editor and staff writer with the East Tennessean, ETSU’s student-managed newspaper.
“I am pleased to welcome Max to our newspaper staff,” said Mark A. Stevens, publisher of the Elizabethton STAR. “Brian Reese, our editor-in-chief, and I are excited about Max joining our staff and the recent changes we’ve made in the newsroom as we continue to make the STAR the very best newspaper around.”
Hrenda joined the staff Monday, replacing Robert Sorrell, who had previously held the position. In addition to Hrenda, Nathan Baker has also returned to the STAR’s newsroom after working for the past three years at newspapers in New York state.
Baker’s return to the STAR was announced last month. He is employed as the crime and court reporter.
In addition to the STAR’s award-winning sports department, the newsroom’s reporting staff is now made up of Baker, Hrenda and Ashley Rader. The news photography staff consists of Brandon Hicks and Danny Davis. Bryan Stevens serves as managing editor, and Rozella Hardin is the newspaper’s editorial director and community outreach editor.