The Boonville Daily News has hired Claire Colby as its new, full-time reporter.

Colby is studying investigative multimedia journalism and political science at the University of Missouri. She has worked for the Columbia Tribune and the Boonville Daily News in various capacities since September. Previously, Colby worked as a reporter in her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, where she covered everything from local music to state politics.

“I’m excited to get to know the people of Boonville and report on the things that matter,” Colby said. “This is a great opportunity to continue growing and developing as a journalist.”

Colby will serve in the position until August, when she returns to MU to continue her undergraduate degree. The search for a permanent replacement will begin June 1.

"Claire has proven herself to be a talented young journalist, and with her past reporting experience in Boonville, she will be a natural fit for this role," said group publisher Terri Leifeste, whose papers include the Daily News.

When she’s not reporting, Colby spends her time running marathons, rock climbing, cooking and exploring all that Missouri has to offer. She will be in this position through mid-August, but the search for her replacement will begin June.

Colby’s hiring is part of a greater regional effort to add resources to the Daily News and other central Missouri newspapers. These efforts include hiring a regional news editor to oversee full-time reporters in Boonville, Mexico and Moberly and Boonville. The search is currently underway. Columbia Tribune Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland will fill in until someone is hired.

“We want Boonville to have a full-time reporter covering the issues that matter, not someone in a hybrid role who spends half their time reporting and the other half handling administrative functions and other duties,” Westmoreland said. “The end result is that Boonville will be able to read local news about the topics that matter most to them.”