Everyone has a story, and Kaylea Hutson-Miller gets to tell them. She’s held mothers hands while they wrote their child’s obituary, been in courtrooms when judges handed down sentences, and listened to victims share their deepest hurts. For Kaylea, chasing breaking news, going behind the scenes for an investigative piece or highlighting interesting people in a feature story, is more than a job. It’s a ministry.
After nearly six years as the managing editor of The Grove Sun and nearly two years at The Delaware County Journal, Kaylea jokes that two-thirds of the county has her number. She’s written award-winning, investigative pieces on domestic violence, child abuse, and alcoholism, and is currently working on a domestic human trafficking series.
Most recently, she focused on the Impact of Child Abuse in Delaware County. This series shared how the Delaware County Children’s Special Advocacy Network started and ways the Network has helped victims rebuild their lives. She placed first for in-depth reporting at the Oklahoma Press Convention and first for public service reporting at the Oklahoma Associated Press in 2018.
“The main thing I do that helps others is that I get to tell the truth and shine a light in the darkness,” Kaylea said. “I always say the truth will set you free. I think it’s because I get to be with some people on their worst days and walk alongside them.”
A few weeks ago, Kaylea broke a story related to child abuse and molestation. Through the process, Kaylea and the victim’s mother formed a friendship. One day, the mom called, angry and needing to talk. Kaylea just listened, ending the call by saying, “If you need to call me, call me. I have no answers, but I’ll listen.”