Branching out into Tukwila

You may have noticed some new names in the paper last month and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my staff.

Former editor Heidi Sanders transitioned into her new role at The Federal Way Mirror a few months ago and during that time I added another paper to my resume.

I am currently the editor of both The Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter and The Renton Reporter along with now The Tukwila Reporter.

I’m not new to the area — I grew up the hill from Tukwila in Fairwood and I attended Kentridge High School.

After completing my degree at Western Washington University, I returned home searching for a career in my field. After a little more than a year of searching, I was hired by Sound Publishing as a reporter in Bonney Lake.

Since I started in October 2013, I have grown with the company from reporter to editor and I have worked for a handful of different publications.

I look forward to the new challenge this paper brings me — the opportunity to learn more about a city I have grown up near and spent much of my time in, as well as the opportunity to help produce three community newspapers.

The staff I have brought along to help me are my reporters from my other papers —Kayse Angel from Covington and Leah Abraham from Renton.

Kayse isn’t new to the area either — ironically she grew up in Fairwood (however, we didn’t know each other until we started working together) and Leah has been in the area for a little over two years now. She is originally from Portland, Oregon.

With the help of Kayse and Leah, we hope to put out a paper that readers want to read. We enjoy storytelling and look forward to meeting new people throughout Tukwila.

We always welcome story ideas from community members. If you have an idea or something you would like to share, please feel free to email me at

I hope you enjoy this issue and we will see you next month!


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