Novelist Thomas Wolfe said in his title “You can’t go home again” but Lahontan Valley News’ content director Molly Moser said she’s excited to return to her hometown as Fallon’s new education and government reporter.
In addition to those beat assignments, Moser will also write feature stories and assist with content planning for both the twice-weekly newspaper, the website and Facebook. Moser began visiting different government agencies on Wednesday to meet key people who will be able to assist her with information.
Moser, a 2009 graduate of Churchill County High School, also attended West End Elementary School and Churchill County Junior High School before it became a middle school. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a bachelors of arts in journalism and a minor in English.
For the past four years, Moser was a producer for the Good Morning Reno show on KOLO News Now, worked at News Link, Inc., in Lincoln, Neb., as a corporate journalist who produced newsletter content for Fortune 500 companies and since July 2016 as content coordinator at the Nevada Appeal in Carson City responsible for digital media and general reporting. She won a 2017 first-place award from the Nevada Press Association for Best Platform Writing and third place for Best Business Feature.
“My goal is to connect the local community as a whole by informing them with what they need to know: the happenings in Fallon and how they can contribute to its quality of life, and supporting local leaders by delivering accurate information to educate the public,” Moser said.
According to Moser, her inspiration is to use storytelling to contribute to the community’s quality of life.
“I’ve never thought I would trace my career back to my hometown, but it feels right,” she said. “My contribution and efforts with LVN are my way of giving back to the community of Fallon and my passion to enhance storytelling within it with the quality it deserves. I’m excited to start my next chapter here; even though this is my hometown, this opportunity feels very new to me.”
Moser currently lives in Reno and commutes to Fallon. She hosts bar trivia on Mondays and builds newscasts for a regional radio station at News Talk 780 KKOH on Sundays. During her free time, she enjoys working out at the gym, spending time with family, going on trips out of spontaneity, attending concerts and hanging out with her pet rabbit.
Moser’s love for journalism began in high school when she took a class and became both a reporter and online editor for The Flash. She also had an interesting career as a budding journalist while attending UNR. During her first year at the Reynolds School of Journalism, Moser and two other students were chosen to cover Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Moser also reported on the 2013 Nevada Legislature while a student at UNR, and interned at the Reno Gazette-Journal where she covered the Reno Rebirth business beat. Her article about the Burning Man culture appeared in USA Today in 2013.
“There’s something about getting to know the stories behind a person, place or cause that I find intriguing, and then to be able to write about it just to share with the world,” she said. “I have a wanderlust in terms on journalism; my expedition and desire is to travel through experiences and present my passion to communities with engaging and informative stories on top of credibility.”
Moser’s family moved to Churchill County from Cape May, N.J., when she was 3 years old. A brother, Nick, was born in Fallon in 1997. Her mother, Barbara, and father, John, still reside in Fallon.