Catharin Shepard

Award-winning reporter, part-time snake charmer

The News-Journal, Hoke County, North Carolina

Catharin Shepard

More than 8 years of experience in daily and community reporting
Over 20 awards from the N.C. Press Association
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, 2008
The Grady College, The University of Georgia


Raeford native leads protest charge

A man from Raeford tells his story of taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests.
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He'll never get out

The mother of a child held hostage speaks about the girl's ordeal and the kidnapper's life sentences.
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County financial problems; former manager fires back

Commissioners work out a tight budget, while the former manager says the mess wasn't his fault.
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18-year-old killed in South Carolina

A family mourns their lost son, brother, and fiancé while police seek justice in his murder.
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Family seeks answers in officer-involved fatal shooting

A year after a deputy fatally shot a man, the family still doesn't know why the deputy pulled the trigger.
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Pulse 2015

Yearly special section discussing the state of business in Hoke County.
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Gunfire erupts at birthday party, 16-year-old killed

A 16-year-old is killed at a party and none of the witnesses are willing to come forward with information.
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Pulse 2014

Yearly special section discussing the state of business in Hoke County.
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Community sends message: 'Respect our Soldiers'

When a lesbian soldier is killed in Afghanistan, her hometown rallies to defend her funeral.
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Couple killed in their yard, neighbor charged

A child watches in horror as his parents are gunned down in their own front yard.
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Debaters prove their small-town mettle

A look inside the demanding world of high school debate as a team takes on some tough competition.
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You don't want this house, neither do owners

The sewer backed up. The porch light caught fire. Owners ask, did this house really pass inspection?
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Catharin Shepard

I'm a journalist with over eight years of experience working in daily and weekly newsrooms. In the last six years I've brought home more than 20 awards from the North Carolina Press Association's News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest. I earned my master's degree from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

I care about my community and have a passion for helping people. I want to tell others' stories and provide the knowledge my readers need to stay informed. I'm a person before I'm a reporter and believe it's the best way to do journalism. I value compassion as highly as I value accuracy and timeliness.

My community involvement has included serving with the Raeford-Hoke County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Hoke County Habitat for Humanity and the Hoke County Friends of the Library.

I'm a reptile enthusiast and have volunteered locally as an independent animal outreach educator. I enjoy sharing my passion for reptiles with children and adults while teaching them about the importance of conservation, even for animals many people find scary.

I enjoy reading, traveling, swimming, being a beach bum, gardening, gaming, new experiences, movies with plenty of explosions, Georgia football, and the Oxford comma. Things I do not enjoy include unexpected encounters with spiders, burnt toast, and stepping barefoot on Legos or sandspurs.

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  • Deadline reporting
  • Investigative reporting
  • Feature writing
  • Education reporting
  • Local government reporting
  • Community reporting
  • Determination
  • Drive
  • Compassion
  • Curiosity