Hunter McLaren covers the city of Hastings, Michigan and surrounding Barry County communities for The Hastings Banner. McLaren has reported for Michigan’s MLive.com news site, covering breaking news and community stories, including NASCAR races at the Michigan International Speedway. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. There, he worked as a reporter, photographer and associate editor of Central Michigan Life, the student paper. McLaren’s reporting has taken him to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Beat: Barry County, Michigan
This reporter covers the northwest quadrant of Barry County near the more diverse communities in Kent and Allegan counties. The beat is general assignment with an emphasis on schools, local government, business, environment and health.