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Susan Endres started Monday as a reporter at the News Republic, where she will cover local education, Devil’s Lake State Park and other environmental issues.

Originally from Chippewa Falls, Endres worked at the daily newspaper The Monroe Times for more than four years. She started as an education reporter and page designer but was promoted to assistant editor in 2017 after serving as interim editor.

Endres said she is now looking to reclaim her roots as a writer.

“I’m excited to focus more fully on reporting and being part of the community,” she said. “I was too tied to my desk in Monroe and couldn’t get away from the minutiae of editing. What I really want to do is talk to people and tell the stories that are important to them.”

Capital Newspapers Regional Editor Todd Krysiak said Endres brings a solid journalism background to the News Republic.

“Susan gained a wealth of experience in a relatively short time while working at a Wisconsin daily newspaper,” Krysiak said. “These skills will benefit our readers, and I look forward to seeing the talent she can add to our news team in action.”

Endres attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and English with an emphasis in creative writing, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2013. While in college, she wrote for the Madison Commons, a local news site created by a professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism. Endres covered environmental issues and became the environment editor for the site.

Not long after graduation, she said she became familiar with Baraboo.

“I’ve loved this area since my first hiking trip at Devil’s Lake,” Endres said. “I feel extremely lucky to be able to resettle in such a beautiful place. And with my experience writing about the environment, it seems like a perfect fit.”

In her free time, Endres is a voracious reader, particularly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. She also enjoys tennis, tabletop gaming with her friends and binging on the fruit of television’s golden era.

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