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New reporter joins Lake Oswego staff

SorensonSaundra Sorenson comes to the Lake Oswego Review after a year and half as the Tualatin reporter for The Tigard-Tualatin Times. She worked previously as the business reporter for the Hillsboro Tribune, and as interim reporter at the South County Spotlight, covering city and crime for St. Helens and Scappoose.

Sorenson is the Review’s city reporter, covering city government and politics in Lake Oswego.

Sorenson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, with a degree in literature, a focus on playwriting — and a game-changer internship at The Santa Barbara Independent under her belt. This unlikely trifecta started her on her circuitous path back to the newsroom.

After teaching English as a second language for a year, Sorenson was headed for a stint in the Peace Corps when she was offered the position of staff writer at her local alternative newsweekly. She spent the next two years at the Ventura County Reporter, where she says her fondest memories include mingling in the spin room after the 2007 Republican Party debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and profiling a septuagenarian neighbor instrumental in launching the underground press.

Sorenson felt the call of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Portland in late 2007. She quickly found work as a marketing writer and social media strategist, and continued to freelance for a number of local publications, including Willamette Week, where she served as editor for the 2008-2009 edition of Finder: Guide to Portland.

She joined The Times newsroom in 2012, and went on to produce a series of award-winning articles about social issues in Washington County, including poverty, homelessness and unemployment. She also broke the story that Jiggles, the adult entertainment venue that had long marked the gateway to Tualatin across Interstate 5 from Lake Oswego, would be closing up shop to make way for the new Nyberg Rivers retail development, and documented the club’s colorful if controversial presence in the community.

In her spare time, Sorenson enjoys live music, cameoing in her friends’ creative endeavors, karaoke, yoga, stand-up comedy, travel, and good company of the two-legged and four-legged variety.

“We are lucky to have such a talented reporter join our newsroom,” Managing Editor Martin Forbes said. “She follows in a long line of skilled city reporters, must recently Kara Hansen, who left the paper in April. We are thrilled to have Saundra join our staff and we think local residents will find her news coverage accurate, fair and well written.”

In addition to her reporting duties, Sorenson also will take an active role with the Review’s social media efforts.

Reach Sorenson at 503-636-1281, ext. 107, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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