Cloud changes roles, Cunningham returns


Anthony Cloud

Reina Cunningham

For the first time in many years, the sports section will see a new face on a regular basis. Anthony Cloud has been named the new sports editor for the Daily News after Jay Compton left to pursue other employment opportunities.

Cloud has been with the organization since 2011. In his previous role, he was the full-time reporter. During his nearly four-years in the position, he covered police and court news, various school boards and city councils, and multiple other agencies throughout the county.

In addition, Cloud handled obituaries for the Daily News. During football season, he covered games involving area schools. He won the 2014 KPA award for Best Sports Feature with his story titled “Breaking the Color Barrier.”

“I am excited to start in my new position as the sports editor,” said Cloud. “Athletics have always been a big part of my life, and I look forward to covering all the various local sporting events in the area.”

Cloud said there will be plenty of old faces he will miss seeing, but he is also excited to meet new people in his new role.

“Working in the same position for nearly four years, you get used to seeing the same people on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. It will take time for me to get used to not attending a fiscal court or school board meeting every month,” said Cloud. “I am looking forward to working with and getting to know new people in the sports community of Bell County.”

Cloud is a 2011 graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in writing/communications. While attending Maryville, he worked for the Blount Today as a sports reporter covering Maryville and Alcoa athletics.

Cloud is currently enrolled online at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, where he is studying to earn a master’s in business administration with a concentration in sports management.

He currently resides in Middlesboro with his fiance, Jessica Sulfridge, and 2-year-old daughter, Ava Cloud.

Replacing Cloud as the new full-time reporter for the Daily News is Reina Parker Cunningham. She was previously employed at the Daily News as a part-time reporter, and is thrilled to be back at the paper, working with friends she made during her previous employment. She is excited to make new friends in the community, now that she is a full-time reporter.

“It feels like coming home. I have made so many friends working at the newspaper — both in the office and throughout the Tri-State area,” said Cunningham. “I have worked with local artists, non-profit groups, business owners and officials to bring the public stories on what they feel are important local happenings.”

Cunningham said she believes she will have the opportunity to meet and work with even more local residents as the Daily News strives to continue bringing local news stories and breaking news to the Tri-State area.

Cunningham has her Associates of Applied Science degree from Walter State Community College in Morristown, Tenn. and her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Master’s in Education degrees from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.

She has completed some course work at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law and has recently transferred to Nashville School of Law, where she will begin classes in August. Cunningham plans on practicing law primarily in Claiborne County when she finishes school.

Cunningham resides in Tazewell, Tenn. with her husband of 10 years, D.J. Cunningham, a seven-year employee of DTR, and their 9-year-old daughter Mary Kay.

“Moving Anthony into the sports slot was a choice I feel coaches and athletes will agree with in Bell County. Anthony’s work ethic is appreciated and welcomed in our business,” Regional Editor Debbie Caldwell said. “We are pleased to welcome Reina back to our staff. She is well-known for her dedication and perseverance.”

To contact Anthony Cloud please call 606-302-9090 or email him at [email protected]

To contact Reina Cunningham please call 606-302-9091 or email her at [email protected]

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