All hands on deck


It always warms an editor’s heart to come up to full staff.

Workplace vacancies are a fact of life, and I think most of us have had the the experience of pulling the slack when folks move on. Some dedicated crew members here have been working hard to fill the gaps, but I’m happy to report we now have new faces, talent and energy in the newsroom.  

The News-Times is also welcoming back our publisher Jeremy Burke, so needless to say, the wheels are humming at the paper as we head into the brisk fall months.

We now have three reporters who are tasked with drilling down into specific areas of our community and making sure the important stories are told and our new photographer will be bringing you images from both land and sea.

Reporter Madeline Shannon has joined us from the Grants Pass Daily Courier and has been covering many aspects of the community. She is now refining her focus to pinpoint Newport City Hall, covering the city council, planning commission and the various committees. Madeline covers the cities to the south of Newport, including Waldport and Yachats. She will also continue to tell the stories of the central coast’s affordable housing crisis.

Madeline is originally from California, where she majored in journalism at California State University, Fresno and spent a few years in the San Joaquin Valley covering breaking news for Thomson Reuters and contributing writing to a variety of online publications.

Reporter Stephanie Blair came on board last week, joining us from the Creston News Advertiser in Iowa. A graduate of Western Oregon University, she has also worked at The Western Journal in Monmouth and the Polk County Itemizer-Observer in Dallas.

Stephanie will be covering Lincoln County schools, police and courts and east Lincoln County as well as features and general assignments.

Our photographer Shelby Wolfe began work in early August. Shelby is a photojournalist from the Midwest who joined the newsroom after spending a year in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Born and raised in a small town in southern Minnesota, she has since worked in Nebraska at the Lincoln Journal Star, and in California at the Orange County Register. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Shelby was a selected fellow of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication's Global Eyewitness program, a fellowship that allows photojournalism students to travel internationally to report on relevant issues. The fellowship took her to Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Ecuador. The documentaries she produced during her travels were recognized by the Hearst Journalism Awards.

And of course, we are fortunate to have our veteran newsman Rick Beasley continuing to cover north Lincoln County, ocean rescues and port matters. He’ll be digging out the stories from Newport to Lincoln City.

I’ll continue to write about commercial fishing and the research being done in and around our waters by Oregon State University.  

We are your eyes and ears in the community, but you are also ours, so don’t hesitate to drop us a note.

It’s shaping up to be a busy season and we look forward to keeping you up to date on the happenings of this dynamic coast we call home.

Bret Yager

[email protected]ortnewstimes.com

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