The newest addition to The Journal’s news staff is new to Jessamine County but not to central Kentucky.
Benjamin Rossi, 29, comes to The Journal as a staff writer after nearly three years in various capacities at the Georgetown News-Graphic.
Rossi moved around the country in a military family growing up but settled into school at Angelo State University in west Texas, where he graduated in 2006 with a journalism degree and a minor in graphic design. He said he started doing journalism for discipline in his life.
“I call it my writing boot camp, because I was totally undisciplined,” Rossi said. “I wasn’t writing every day; I was just lollygagging about, so I¿consider journalism school my boot camp. It disciplined me a lot.”
The scenery struck Rossi as soon as he got to Kentucky. He currently lives in Lexington near the Fayette County-Jessamine County line.
“Being in Texas, it’s flat as far as the eye can see,” he said. “Here, there’s trees and there’s snow, and the seasons change — that’s the greatest thing ever. You’ll be here for a couple months and it’s green, and then it starts turning orange and gold. It’s just gorgeous.”