WINNSBORO — She’s a familiar face in a new place.
Nicole Epps has called Fairfield County home since 2002, but is now joining the staff of The Winnsboro Herald Independent as a media sales consultant.
“I’ve been here since 2002,” said Epps, who is from Whitmire and previously worked for a magazine in Columbia. “I’m from Whitmire, so I’m a Newberry girl. I worked for a magazine, and that was by far my favorite thing to do. I love to be out and about and putting things together.”
The Herald Independent’s newest team member said she looks forward to furthering her career as a media professional.
Epps has a passion for all things artistic including poetry, painting, the spoken word and theater. She recently finished an associate’s degree in art from Midlands Technical College.
“I love the arts,” Epps said. “If you want to know what my passion is, it’s the arts of all kinds.”
Epps said she would be hard pressed to name a favorite artist, but enjoys works such as The Prince by Machiavelli and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
“I enjoy esoteric works of all types,” Epps said.
Prince, Tupac, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Marvin Gaye are among her favorite musical artists. Epps said she also enjoys the outdoors.
“I love nature,” Epps said. “I love everything outdoors.”
However, there are two people Epps said she treasures most of all — her daughters, 9-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Niara.
“The past few years, I’ve been kind of stay at home with them, and I loved every minute of it,” Epps said. “I got to see their first steps, their first words, every play.”
Epps’ daughters are enrolled in a Fairfield County School District school, which Epps said is changing the way she thinks of her home county.
“They are at the Magnet School, and they are doing exceptionally well,” Epps said.
Epps said Trinity loves dance and gymnastics, and Niara, the family comedienne, keeps everyone in stitches.
She said seeing her daughters excel has instilled a new desire for community involvement, which she said is an exciting aspect of joining the newspaper.
“I had been expecting to move when the girls were younger,” Epps said. “I’m looking at Fairfield with fresh eyes.”