Area schools will see two new faces as sport, education reporters make the rounds

This September, the Wilsonville Spokesman welcomed two new reporters, Clara Howell and Tanner Russ, to the team. Howell will cover education and Russ, sports.

Born and raised in Portland, Howell didn't stretch far from her roots. She graduated from Pacific University in May 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. Clara Howell

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 job with Alumni Relations throughout college she wrote several articles and dealt with design, photos and social media posts.

Howell's 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. The magazine she edited, wrote, photographed, designed and managed, is now an annual publication at the university.

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.

In her free time, Howell enjoys traveling any chance she gets. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking and going on new adventures. Creative writing is also her passion, so whenever she needs an escape she loses herself in pen and paper.

At her new job, Howell is looking forward to having her own beat. She is passionate about the power of education and can't wait to build trusting relationships with her sour-


Howell's arrival did come with an amusing, and confusing, byproduct. The Tidings' office — which shares space with the Wilsonville Spokesman and Lake Oswego Review — now has a Clara and two Claires, all sitting in a row.

Russ is from Silverton and is a 2011 graduate of Silverton High School. He attended Oregon State University where he earned a bachelor of arts in communication and writing in 2015.

While at OSU, Russ worked extensively on the College of Liberal Arts website as a content provider. Since college, he has worked in the banking industry and done freelance writing for the Our Town newspaper in Silverton/Stayton. He also contributed written content for several mixed martial arts websites. Tanner Russ

When away from work, Russ enjoys spending time with friends, writing poetry, watching mixed martial arts, and trying new foods. He admits that his ultimate goals are to become a mixed martial

arts writer and to travel the world.

"This is a new challenge and I'm looking forward to learning the job to do the best work I can for the community," said Russ. "There's a lot to learn, but I'm a sports fan and love to write about the world of sports, so I think I'm going to be a pretty good fit. I'm looking forward to getting started."

"We're so excited to have Clara and Tanner on board just in time for the new school year," said Spokesman Editor Leslie Pugmire Hole. "They've both hit the ground running and are out and about in the community, meeting with as many people as possible."

— The Spokesman

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