Newsroom adds new staff member

HARLINGEN — The Valley Morning Star has a new photographer/reporter.

Rick Kelley, 62, joined the staff yesterday. He has had a broad career in journalism, serving in editing, reporting and management positions in both newspapers and television.

“These are exciting times to be in the newspaper business, and especially so here in the Valley,” Kelley said. “We’ve added so much more for our print readers and our digital content readers.

“But in the end, news is still all about writing compelling stories and taking top-notch photos, and that hasn’t changed at all,” Kelley added.

His most recent positions, as editor of The Register-Herald in Beckley, W.Va., and as executive editor of The Macomb Daily in Michigan, saw him lead those newsrooms as they added digital newsgathering to their daily coverage.

Valley Morning Star Editor Lisa Seiser is thrilled to have a journalist of Kelley’s quality, experience and knowledge join the staff.

“Rick brings a high level of understanding to the newsroom here in Harlingen and we are pleased to have him join our staff,” Seiser said. “He brings his quality writing style, editing capabilities and ability with a camera to the newsroom. The addition of Kelley will allow us to produce more content for our print and online readers. I also expect him to provide some additional leadership when it comes to making our newsroom more digitally focused.”

You can contact Kelley at or at 956-430-6203.

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