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Enterprise hires new reporter

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Jason Morrow has traveled the world, and he’s recently made Lebanon his new home

After spending the last several years traveling across the country and world, Jason Morrow wanted to come back home to Kentucky.
A job at The Lebanon Enterprise has led him, his wife, Emily, and their beloved dog, Winnie, to this community, and they have instantly fallen in love with the place.
“The people are friendly, the newspaper is great, and the town is so nice,” Morrow said. “I wanted to be in a place where we could truly become a part of the community, and we have found it.”
Ironically enough, Morrow is originally from Marion, Kentucky. He graduated from Crittenden County High School in 2005, and moved on to pursue a college degree from Murray State University. He pursued the field of journalism because of his love for writing.
“I have always loved news, and writing is my passion,” Morrow said. “When I first took a job at the newspaper in college, I didn’t know I would love it so much. A few months after working as a reporter, I knew what my major needed to be.”
After graduating from Murray State in 2009, Morrow briefly worked for The Press-Sentinel in Jesup, Georgia. But, an opportunity to teach in South Korea put an interesting kink in his newspaper career. For two and a half years, Morrow and his wife taught English is South Korea.
“South Korea was a wonderful experience,” he said. “My wife and I love learning about new cultures and trying new things. Living and teaching in South Korea gave us the opportunity to see what life was like outside of America and it gave us a whole new perspective on life.”
Morrow said he and his wife enjoyed the challenges they faced in Korea, such as learning to find their way through Seoul’s subway system to being able to order food in a different language. Living in Korea also helped them appreciate things here at home.
“A lot of kids in South Korea have to go to school from seven in the morning to ten at night,” he said. “As a teacher, I felt sorry for the kids having to work so hard, so I always tried to make my classes fun.”
Morrow said one thing he doesn’t miss about living in Korea is the food.
“While I don’t mind trying new things, some of the dishes are just out there,” he said. “Emily was brave enough to eat spicy chicken feet and silk worms. I tended to stick with rice.”
Upon returning to the U.S., Morrow and Emily spent the next two years traveling across the country in an RV. They started in Kentucky and made their way down to Texas and stayed there for about three months. From there, they traveled out west, stopping at places like the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns and Southern California. They eventually traveled to the Redwoods where they stayed for three months. Emily worked at several of the state or national parks while Morrow worked on his writing. In his spare time, he likes to write fiction, and he’s the author of 13 indie-published books.
After traveling across the country, Morrow and Emily recently decided to sell the RV and come back home to Kentucky. They moved to Lebanon a few weeks ago, and Morrow’s first day at the Enterprise was June 8. So far, he’s been impressed with the county’s beautiful landscape and friendly people.
“The land surrounding Lebanon is like a mountain range and the city is so nicely landscaped,” Morrow said. “I remember that one of the first thoughts we both had was that this was where we wanted to be. I’ve never been to a town where everyone was so nice. Everywhere we go, people are always waving and saying hello. So many people have come up to us and introduced themselves, giving us their numbers, telling us not to hesitate to call if we need anything. It’s such a wonderful experience to be a part of a caring community.”
Besides writing, Morrow also enjoys playing guitar and doing videography. He said he’s excited about writing for the Enterprise.
“I’m a storyteller at heart,” he said. “My goal as a reporter is to tell the story of Lebanon as it happens and to do so as accurately and to the best of my ability. I think my family and Lebanon have a bright future together.”