Matthew Carnero Macias is the new face at The Herald Ledger, and that new face will have new duties.

Along with being the reporter for The Herald Ledger, Macias is also the reporter for The Princeton Times Leader. He will work out of the papers’ office on South Jefferson Street in Princeton.

“I immediately recognized the curiosity in Matthew when I spoke with him the first time,” said John Mangalonzo, editor of The Paducah Sun. Mangalonzo also oversees newsroom operations in Princeton and Eddyville. “And he proved me right. He’s not only curious, but diligent in cultivating sources and telling all sides of the story. He’s a positive addition to our publications.”

Macias began work at the newspapers on March 1, and is anxious to meet people in both counties. Although he comes to Princeton from the big city of Chicago, he said he feels at home in the less populated areas of western Kentucky.

“Rural counties are a second home for me,” he said. “I grew up in rural, mostly agrarian central California. My father was a foreman for Terra Linda Farms, so as a kid, I visited the ranch and played on tractors and worked there during the summer.”

Macias grew up in Lemoore, California, about 35 miles south of Fresno in the state’s Central Valley region, and moved to Chicago three days after graduating from high school.

Macias graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019 after studying at Elgin (Ill.) Community College, earning a bachelor of arts degree in communication, media and theater.

At Elgin, Macias worked on the campus newspaper, and he worked with the freeform radio station at Northeastern, WZRD.

“During undergraduate studies, I worked as a freelance journalist documenting open meetings and creating engagement journalism reports for documenters.org in Chicago,” he said.

When he has spare time, Macias enjoys outdoor activities and looks forward to being able to do them and finding other activities in western Kentucky.

“I enjoy health and wellness activities,” he said. “Cycling through downtown Paducah on Sundays is great because there isn’t any traffic. Visiting new cafes and restaurants occupies most of my weekend hours.

“I enjoy cooking and eating food. Photography is a both a profession and a hobby, and exercising is a weekly goal. Art is my religion, so music and film keep me grounded and can sometimes be transcendental. I’m not interested in sports like once before. As a teenager, I was a fairly good skateboarder—it was my first love.”

Macias can be reached at mmacias@heraldledger.com or 270-388-2260.