Profile: Liz Lachnit

Story by Mitch Smith, NewsNetNebraska

Liz Lachnit visited Lincoln twice that year.

The first trip tested the high school senior’s mortality. When she returned, she found her passion.

Lachnit didn’t see the pickup until it was too late. The truck sped through the intersection and rammed into the side of the teenager’s Hyundai.

The truck driver, who had a long list of DUIs, fled the scene.

Lachnit went to the hospital, but escaped serious injury. Her Elantra wasn’t so lucky.

It could’ve been worse, she said.

Undeterred, Lachnit returned to Lincoln a few months later. The Springfield native had been considering a career in pharmacy, but she decided to tour the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s journalism school.

That tour prompted Lachnit, who dabbled in page design at her small high school, to major in journalism. She enrolled the next year as a news-editorial student and got a design job at the campus paper.

Now a junior with a portfolio full of Daily Nebraskan pages and bylines at the Seward County Independent, Lachnit is grateful for that trip to Lincoln a few years ago. The second one, that is.

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