Churchward is originally from Springfield, Ohio, near Dayton, Ohio.
She graduated from Anderson University in 2011 and worked with current Times' reporter Tiffany Fry at The Andersonian, the student newspaper.
Churchward will cover the education beat for The Times, in addition to various other town councils.
"I'm excited to get some experience and actually use my degree," Churchward said.
Those wishing to contact Churchward should call 446-2216, Ext. 235. She may also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.