Shelley Widhalm, principal and founder of Shell's Ink Services in Northern Colorado, has done everything from waiting tables to washing dishes and working in retail before becoming a news reporter.
Though she originally planned to be a professor, Shelley decided during her Master of Arts program in English at Colorado State University to switch fields to journalism.
Shelley worked for a couple of small, biweekly newspapers in Colorado to learn the ropes of interviewing sources, conducting research and writing and editing articles.
To continue her career, Shelley moved to Washington, D.C., for the fast pace of the nation's capital, working at The Washington Times as a features writer. While there, she covered the science and technology, home and garden, education and health beats.
Shelley also worked as a news and feature reporter for the Loveland Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado, the Sterling Journal-Advocate in Sterling, Colorado, and The Connection Newspapers in Alexandria, Virginia.
Shelley's latest position was at the Reporter-Herald, where she worked for eight years until 2016, covering the nonprofit, business, government, and arts and entertainment beats. She conducted interviews, reported on scene and attended meetings to gather her material. She wrote news and feature articles and provided photography, videos and social media.
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