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New communication specialist takes post at APSU

Melony Leazer, Hopkinsville, Ky., is APSUs new communication specialist, replacing Rebecca Mackey, who moved out of state in August.

Leazer, a student in APSUs weekend Master of Science in Management program, began work in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing on Nov. 14.
Melony Leazer, Hopkinsville, Ky., is APSU's new communication specialist, replacing Rebecca Mackey, who moved out of state in August.

Leazer, a student in APSU's weekend Master of Science in Management program, began work in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing on Nov. 14.

She holds a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Murray State University, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Western Kentucky University, graduating from both institutions with an overall GPA of 3.9. Continued professional development includes certification in Basic Legal Affairs Reporting for Journalists and Business Journalism Reporting.

Leazer brings more than 12 years of professional experience to the job, most recently working as copy editor for the Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville. Previously, she was a staff writer for the Kentucky New Era and a “stringer” for The Associated Press, Louisville. She has taught courses in media relations through Hopkinsville Community College.

Her recent honors include being named to the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women in 2005 and, in 2004, earning the Kentucky Press Association's first-place award for extended coverage of a story and second place for best editorial page.

At APSU, Leazer will serve as editor/writer for InnerAction, the weekly faculty and staff e-newsletter, and will be a contributing writer to “Austin Peay” magazine. She will work closely with area news media and will update and maintain the online Experts List. Dennie B. Burke