Keesha Hervey was born and raised in the Midwest. Her family moved modestly during her early childhood, settling to raise the family in her mother’s small hometown in Kansas. Her writing career began young including winning a statewide essay contest in her youth. She served as the editor for both her high school paper and yearbook.
She began in journalism with a weekly publication, The Girard Press. There she served as a general reporter as well as providing local sports coverage. She also began learning basic photography and reporting skills. Following her time in Girard she moved to The Morning Sun. She credits her time at the Sun for being some of the most informative of her career. There she wrote the nightly
obituaries and human interest pieces. As well as some minor photojournalism work. She was able to work with many respected professionals in writers, photographers, and editors. When asked about that time Hervey says the people she worked with were ‘incredibly gracious and willing to teach’.
“I’m not half as skilled as most of them even now. That was during the internet but before most publications went online in a big way. These were true professionals in every sense of the word. Some of them had more years in the business than I did on earth. I had a lot of respect for them.” Hervey says.
In 2002 she married her husband James ‘Rocky’ Hervey. The couple have four children. Mr. Hervey served in the US Army for twelve years during which the family lived all over the country. Seeing a need for photography near military bases Keesha expanded her skills and eventually opened a studio in Virginia. The family returned to Kansas in 2012 where she took a position in the public relations. She returned to journalism part time in 2015 working as staff writer and later a stringer for The Morning Sun. In late 2017 she opened Hello Frontenac, a community site for members of her hometown. The site promotes local artists, businesses, and positive community interaction.
In 2020 she joined a team to bring more local news to Crawford County. The result is a new type of newspaper, The Southeast Kansas Journalism Collective, of SEKJC. Aside from covering local news the organization also promotes local journalists, and educates the public on the importance of local news in their communities.
She now creates, photographs, and writes in a cozy art studio with her dachshunds, Finn and Morah at her feet.