Intern will try the squared circle first, with journalism to fall back on

Congressional candidates beware: Do not attempt to take down this reporter

Lee Kendall, Cynthiana Democrat lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

Taylor Cusick will be working at the Cynthiana Democrat this summer as a journalism intern.

Cynthiana Democrat/KPA intern Taylor Cusick

“We are excited to have Taylor join our staff for the summer,” said Becky Barnes, editor of the Cynthiana Democrat. “He is a people person and is excited to become a part of our community, at least for the summer.”

Cusick, 24, hails from Evarts, Ky., where he graduated from Harlan County High School. Last month, he graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in journalism.

Cusick intends to follow a somewhat unconventional path with his bachelor’s degree.

“My earliest memories are of watching professional wrestling with my step-father,” Cusick said. “It has always been a dream of mine to become a professional wrestler.”

He said that when his internship is concluded with the Cynthiana Democrat, he intends to relocate to Louisville and will attend the Ohio Valley Wrestling School.

“If my wrestling career falls through, I will have this degree in journalism to fall back on,” he said. “Hopefully, I will be able to get into the production and broadcasting end of professional wrestling.”

As far as his duties are concerned for the newspaper this summer, Barnes said Cusick will be covering sports as Mike Aldridge will be on vacation through much of June and July. He will also be assigned feature stories as well as governmental meetings, from time to time.

Cusick is looking forward to getting involved with the community during his two-month internship.

“I’m just looking forward to learning as much as possible from the experienced staff at the Cynthiana Democrat and am looking forward to building my own personal catalogue of writing experiences,” Cusick said. “I’m really looking forward to finding out the interesting stories that Cynthiana has to tell.”

Taylor’s internship with Cynthiana is through the KPA/Kentucky Journalism Foundation internship program.

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