Our changing newsroom welcomes two new reporters
In every workplace, people come and people go. But when those people have spent the past several years as members of the greater community, it's a bittersweet occasion.
The News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune said goodbye this month to two longtime reporters.
You read a letter to the editor on this page last week submitted by Stephanie Haugen. Stephanie worked for the News-Times for almost six years, starting out as a production assistant in the back of our office in downtown Forest Grove in 2012. As time went on, Stephanie developed her skills as a writer and photographer, eventually becoming the lead reporter for the News-Times and also writing for the Hillsboro Tribune.
Stephanie was always willing to tackle any story, from her award-winning profile of a homeless man living in Forest Grove ("What about John?," published July 17, 2013) to a recounting of the three-week saga of a lost dog and the dozens of people who volunteered their time to find him ("Home safe after 22 days," published Jan. 31, 2018). She was particularly fond of writing about older adults, school projects and animals."Forest Grove is an amazing, diverse, special and thriving community," Stephanie wrote in her letter to the editor last week. "I have really appreciated that this town cares so much about its paper and the staff members who work so hard each week to create it. I will always hold the News-Times and Forest Grove, which I have gotten to know so well, in a special place in my heart."
Also departing our newsroom is Kathy Fuller. After joining us as a reporter for the Hillsboro Tribune in 2012, Kathy earned a promotion to associate editor in 2015, following the retirement of former editor Doug Burkhardt. She stepped back into a part-time role as the editor of the About Town section, which appears in both the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune, in 2016.
Kathy was a tremendous asset to the newsroom, with a passion for feature-writing and a knack for making connections. She said above all else, she is thankful to the community.
"I'm honored to have been able to tell the stories of people, places and things in our corner of the world over the last five years," Kathy told us.
Stephanie's last day was Monday, Feb. 5. Kathy officially signed off last Friday, Feb. 16. They will be missed in our newsroom, as they will be around town, and we wish them all the best.
We are pleased, however, to introduce readers to two new members of the team: Olivia Singer, our general assignment reporter for both the News-Times and the Hillsboro Tribune, and Mandy Feder-Sawyer, who takes over from Kathy as the editor for About Town, which you'll find starting on the back page of this paper's B section.
Olivia is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon's journalism school. She is a Washington County resident, avid Ducks fan, and fluent speaker of both English and Spanish. You'll find her providing regular coverage of our local schools, among other responsibilities.
"I am thrilled to be joining the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune," says Olivia. "Being new to the area, I look forward to getting to know members of the community through my reporting and see the many great aspects these cities have to offer."
Mandy is a veteran of community journalism, having written for newspapers in California and Oregon, including our sister publications the Beaverton Valley Times, the Regal Courier, and the Sherwood Gazette. She's worked just about every job imaginable in a newsroom and knows all the ins and outs of reporting in both a bustling, fast-growing city like Hillsboro and a small, rural community like Banks.
"As a longtime news person, I enjoy being a mirror of a community's interests and look forward to telling the stories that matter to the community members," Mandy says.
We know western Washington County will be well served by these quality additions to the staff, and we hope you look forward to reading the stories they have to tell as much as we are.
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