BV Journal, Trader welcomes two to staff

Staff report

Dawn Olmstead

Keeley Meier

Leaves are falling, and two new faces have joined the Brandon Valley Journal/Trader team. Dawn Olmstead and Keeley Meier are excited to start their journeys as the sales and marketing director and staff writer, respectively.
“I am so excited to have both of these women join our team,” said publisher Jill Meier. “Dawn brings some great enthusiasm and expertise to the position. She is very outgoing and wants to be involved in the community. She has some great ideas for future endeavors, and I look forward to seeing them come to fruition.”
Olmstead is the new sales and marketing director for the Brandon Valley Journal and Trader. After working as a multimedia key account executive for Argus Leader Media, Olmstead brings experience and energy to her new role. She graduated from Bellevue University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
As an avid volunteer, Olmstead is looking forward to becoming active in the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and is a current ambassador with the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, a recruiter for Downtowns Sioux Falls Rotary Club’s Sioux 52 Mentoring Initiative and committee member for Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls.
Olmstead has four children and five grandchildren to whom she loves devoting her free time. She also enjoys traveling, eating and spending time in the sun.
Olmstead is very excited to be working in the local news field because, as she says, “It creates a sense of belonging and is a trusted part of a community.”
Meier is the new staff writer for the BV Journal.
She is from Savage, Minn., but is no stranger to the area. Meier graduated from Augustana University in May with degrees in journalism and Spanish. She was the managing editor for The Augustana Mirror and the faculty/staff editor for the Augustana Edda yearbook. During her senior year, Meier interned with both 605 Magazine and the Sanford Health News team.
In her free time Meier likes to read, spend time with her goddaughters and watch Gilmore Girls on repeat.
She believes that local journalism is more important than ever before and is excited to get to know the people of Brandon.
“Although Keeley and I spell our last name the same way, we’re not related, at least not that we’ve discovered in her first days on staff,” Jill Meier said. “I believe our Journal readers will be impressed with the talents she brings to the reporter-photographer position and I’m so happy she has a passion for community journalism.”


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