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Former West Linn/Wilsonville staffer, Clara Howell, replaces Sam Stites as Lake Oswego reporter

The Lake Oswego Review is excited to announce Clara Howell as the newest addition to its team.

Howell, who previously worked for two years as the education reporter for the West Linn Tidings and Wilsonville Spokesman, joined the Review as city reporter effective Sept. 16. She replaced Sam Stites, who is now the Pamplin Media Group reporter at the Oregon Capital Bureau. Howell

"I'm super excited to have the ability to work in the community I will cover," Howell said. "Lake Oswego has a lot to offer and I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and building a relationship with the people that inhabit this beautiful city."

"While we were sad to see Sam leave, we're thrilled that he has this new opportunity in Salem — and that Clara agreed to come on board with the Review," editor Patrick Malee said. "Clara's versatile skillset in writing, reporting and photography, as well as her outgoing and engaged approach, helped her master the education beat in West Linn/Wilsonville. I have no doubt she'll do the same in this new role in Lake Oswego."

Born and raised in Portland, Howell didn't stretch far from her roots. She graduated from Pacific University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and minor in photography. While attending Pacific, she was heavily involved with The Pacific Index, the school's student-run newspaper. Beginning as a reporter and photographer, Howell gained status as the co-Student Life editor as a junior and then the co-editor-in-chief her senior year.

While she called the Index office home, she also wrote and photographed for other platforms. The summer going into Howell's junior year, she interned part-time at the Forest Grove News Times, a Pamplin Media Group paper. She also worked for Pacific Magazine, an alumni publication, and wrote stories for print and online. During her senior year, she started blog-style writing for Odyssey Online, a college blog site. For her senior project, she created a 32-page

magazine, The Index Magazine, on social issues. Howell edited, wrote, photographed, designed and managed the magazine.

After Howell's graduation from Pacific, she received a summer internship at The Gresham Outlook, a Pamplin Media Group paper, through the Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. Immediately following that internship, she joined the West Linn Tidings and Wilsonville Spokesman.

"Throughout my experience as an education reporter, I became familiar with the schools, staff, students and programs," Howell said. "West Linn and Wilsonville are lovely communities and I feel so grateful to have been a part of them."

"Clara has done an outstanding job for us in West Linn and Wilsonville, and I feel fortunate to have someone with her abilities and experience stepping into this beat," said Review publisher J. Brian Monihan. "Even though we are sad to Sam leave, this is a great opportunity for him and fortunately he will still be writing for us but just covering state politics."

In her free time, Howell enjoys hiking, creative writing and traveling any chance she gets. Fusing that passion for travel with her ongoing professional development, Howell took a three-month leave of absence at the beginning of 2019 to work as an editorial intern for BK Magazine — the leading lifestyle magazine in Bangkok, Thailand.

"I never want to stop learning and that's part of why I'm excited to explore what city coverage is like," Howell said. "It's another learning opportunity."

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