Nora Drenner brings public meeting coverage and investigative reporting to Around the Town.
Nora Drenner is Around the Town’s newest staff reporter. Drenner, who currently lives in Many, returned to Louisiana in 2017 following a 21-year stint in Colorado.
It was in Colorado that Drenner said goodbye to a long teaching career that spanned five states, and picked up a pen to begin a new journey as a newspaper reporter/photographer in the small town of Westcliffe, Co.
That journey into the world of reporting spanned 13 years with Drenner covering town and county government meetings that included commissioner, planning and zoning, Silver Cliff and Westcliffe town boards, water board, school board, hospital district and more. Other coverage on Drenner’s beat comprised of search and rescue missions, sheriff and court reporting, breaking news, and community and non-profit events and happenings.
Additionally, Drenner’s love of the USA and its military made its way into articles about the local American Legion post, and other issues and activities about our armed forces and veterans.
That love of the military began when she lived in several states and Germany as a self-proclaimed Army brat. Her father, Master Sgt. Ronald Drenner, served 20 years.
Professional honors include one first place and two first place awards through the Colorado Press Association, and first place small market media award through the Colorado State American Legion Association.
Drenner’s Around the Town coverage will include but is not limited to Natchitoches City Council, Natchitoches Parish Government, Natchitoches Parish School Board, Sabine Parish Police Jury, Sabine Parish School Board and Town of Many board meetings.
When not darting around providing public meeting coverage and investigative reporting, Drenner enjoys reading and walking with her two pups. She is also an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches where she lived prior to the recent move to Many. Drenner likes to tell folks that Many looks like a metropolis compared to the two side- by- side small Colorado towns she lived and worked in. She is looking forward to getting back to her reporting roots.