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Chris Higgins, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, joined the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen as a reporter this month.

Higgins will primarily be responsible for covering the city of Beaver Dam. He previously served as a reporter and a news editor at the Daily Iowan, UI’s independently run student newspaper, where he covered higher education.

“I’m excited to be in Beaver Dam and in Wisconsin. There’s so much to delve into and report about for the community,” Higgins said.

Higgins also studied Chinese and spent part of his college years in China, but knew he wanted to get his career started as a reporter at a newspaper in the Midwest.

“I knew it was what I was meant to do right out of college,” he said.

Outside of work, Higgins enjoys local history, reading, writing, listening to music, scrolling through Twitter, and exploring the area around him.

“This region of Wisconsin is so different from where I’ve lived in Illinois and Iowa and there are so many new things to see and do, especially with the outdoors,” he said.

While in Iowa, Higgins wrote about the massive changes underway at the university and in Iowa City. Coming to Beaver Dam, he was excited to see something familiar to cover: Mayor Becky Glewen’s proposed downtown revitalization plan.

Higgins was inspired in college by a professor who spent more than a decade in newspaper journalism, becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist along the way. After graduate school, she now teaches a new generation of writing students while still appearing in major publications herself with a published memoir.

Higgins hopes to follow a similar path.

“I can’t wait to really get going this year,” he said.