The Review welcomes new reporter to education beat
Asia Alvarez Zeller has joined the Lake Oswego Review as the new education reporter, replacing Claire Holley.
Previously, Zeller was an intern at the McMinnville News-Register and Eugene Weekly. Holley resigned from her post effective Oct. 23, with plans to travel abroad for the next year.
"We're sad to see Claire leave, but thrilled to bring Asia in to cover the Lake Oswego education beat," editor Patrick Malee said. "Asia came highly recommended with an impressive set of clips, and her passion for education reporting dovetails perfectly with this community's focus on academic achievement."
"We're thrilled to have Asia join our team," added Review publisher J. Brian Monihan. "Even though she recently graduated from the University of Oregon, she brings to us some great experience after working at both the Eugene Weekly and the News-Register in McMinnville. I know she'll do a great job for us covering Lake Oswego.
"We wish Claire the best as she starts her newest adventure in her life. I greatly appreciate all the work she did for us for the past two years."
Zeller was raised in the Los Angeles area and moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. In college she majored in journalism and interned at Eugene Weekly, writing about everything from logging to court cases and local events.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in June of 2019. After college she accepted an internship with the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism and was placed as a general assignment intern at the McMinnville News-Register.
"Through my internships I learned about how to report on anything and everything," Zeller said. "Now, I'm excited to dive deep into the education beat."
While at Eugene Weekly, Zeller wrote an investigative cover story unveiling the disproportionate rate of suspensions and expulsions among special education students in Lane County schools. It was that story that led her to love the education beat.
"I'm so excited to report on the topic that excites me the most and affects people greatly," she said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the community within and around the schools in Lake Oswego and building lasting relationships with that community. My goal is to tell stories that matter to the people that live here."
In her free time, Zeller enjoys cooking, reading and creative writing.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)