Louis Bettcher has joined The Camden Herald as staff reporter, and will be covering events in the Rockport and Appleton areas, as well as the Camden-area schools.

Bettcher grew up in Hope and Rockport, and graduated from Camden-Rockport High School, during which time he worked as a sailing instructor at the Rockport Boat Club and as an assistant librarian at the Rockport Public Library.

He attended Emerson College in Boston ,where he studied journalism, art history and literature, and earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing.

After college, Bettcher moved to Miami, where he worked at a contemporary art gallery as a reporter for an online art and entertainment publication.

In addition to writing, Bettcher's interests include photography, painting and sailing. Bettcher said he is delighted to be back in his hometown and is looking forward to sharing stories which concern the community where he was raised.

Bettcher can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at lbettcher@villagesoup.com.