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Outdoor enthusiast joins staff

Kevin Sperl brings more than nine years writing and photo journalism experience to the Central Oregonian


by: KEVIN SPERL - Kevin Sperl recently joined the Central Oregonian staff as a reporter.

An east coast native with years of newspaper and photojournalism experience has recently joined the Central Oregonian staff

Kevin Sperl, of Bend, has was recently hired as a reporter and photographer.

Sperl has more than nine years’ experience in journalism, having worked for daily and weekly newspapers back east, in New Hampshire. He also published his own lifestyle magazine, “Lakes Region Spirit,” as a literary tribute to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

“Having lived on the East Coast for most of my life,” said the New Jersey native, “I always knew that Central Oregon was to become my home, at some point.”

Working as a volunteer in the national park system, Sperl spent this past summer at Lava Lands and Newberry National Volcanic Monument as an interpretive ranger.

“I had planned to move on from here to the south for the winter, to work at a wildlife refuge,” said Sperl, "But, as most who live here know, once you experience Central Oregon, it is really difficult to leave.”

Sperl’s writing career has earned him the New Hampshire Media Award for education coverage, and numerous submissions to the AP wire for his photography.

One of Sperl’s most notable picture stories was the fall of New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain, on May 3, 2003.

“When I got that call, I couldn't believe it, and didn't, until I arrived in Franconia Notch and saw for myself,” said Sperl. “It was the death of the state’s iconic image, and attracted people from throughout the region to witness its demise.”

Sperl finds it interesting to note that, just prior to its fall, the rock profile had been featured on the newly minted state quarter.

“Many remarked on how that might have jinxed the Old Man,” laughed Sperl.

In reality, centuries of freezing, and thawing, of water in the cracks of the formation, finally won, and, despite the numerous cables and guy wires holding it together, the rocks fell.

In his spare time, Sperl competes in triathlons and looks forward to exploring the many hiking, running and biking trails in this recreational playground.

Sperl is excited to begin his story-telling career at the Central Oregonian.

“I am really looking forward to helping to tell the story of the region,” he said.



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