Royer-DeLong hired as Staff Writer at Darke County Now

GREENVILLE—Beth Royer-DeLong is the newest staff writer at Darke County Now.

Royer-DeLong, of Greenville, approached DCN for the part-time position.

“The best way I can put it, it is a lot of work to take a leap of faith and do something extraordinary in the public eye,” she said. “DCN took that leap a year ago. There’s a lot to admire in that endeavor.”

Royer-DeLong, is married to Michael DeLong, Security Director for Wayne Healthcare. Together they have two daughters, Brianne, 21, and Emma, 19.

“One is working and going to college part-time, and the other is a recent high school graduate taking a gap year,” she said. “The up-and-coming generation gets a lot of flack, but if you spend a little time with them, they are amazing.”

Previously, she worked as a librarian, in a computer manufacturing call center, in marketing and at the local weekly newspaper before she decided to stay home with her daughters while she did freelance and contract work.

“I then took on full-time employment with the Piqua Daily Call as their city-beat reporter,” she said. “I then took advantage of a fabulous opportunity to work with the YWCA Piqua as their program director. I also taught SafeSitter and Girls Who Code while working there before returning to my roots here in Darke County as a full-time reporter with the newspaper in 2019.”

Royer-Delong said her goal with this new position is to get back into the community.

“I know people are struggling to find the positives right now,” she said. “While life is by no means all sunshine and daisies, it is the positives that support us on our bad days. It gets us through, and if I have an opportunity to make even one person’s day a little brighter, a little more informed, I’m going to take it. I’m working to find the positives, too, so maybe together, we can make that happen?”

Born and raised in Darke County, she graduated from Greenville High School in 1992, from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and from Florida Insitute of Technology in 2018 with a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Publisher Gaylen Blosser said he’s pleased to have Royer-Delong join the team.

“A Darke County native, Beth brings years of experience to DCN as we continue to expand our staff,” he said.

Editor Abigail Miller echoed his statement.

“It’s so valuable to have locals on the news team, as they bring knowledge and understanding that others just can’t bring,” she said. “I’m excited to work with Beth.”

While she’s always wanted to write, Royer-DeLong said she never thought she’d be reporting.

“I always thought it would be in the form of fiction books when growing up and as a young adult,” she said. “Assuming I’d complete works along the sci-fi, dystopian genre. I seem to have much more to say and share via news reporting, columns and social issues such as living wages, leadership and mental health.”

Her interests in life are gaming, digital art, video creation, antiquing, visit toy shows, gardening and social media.

Click here to see Beth’s latest writings

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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