About Us

Situated against the scenic backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish sport million dollar homes, vast greenbelts, and charming downtowns. The average household incomes in both of these cities rank among the top 16 wealthiest zip codes in the Greater Seattle area. Residents participate actively in their communities and look to the friendly tabloid format of the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter every Friday for local news and information. Bordering Issaquah to the north lies Sammamish - a family-friendly city whose residents enjoy a quality lifestyle. Luxury homes and townhomes are nestled along the scenic shores of Lake Sammamish and above on the Plateau. The majority of residents are affluent, educated homeowners who carefully protect the natural beauty of their environment. The city of Sammamish has a small business community located amidst its two shopping centers.

 

Your Community News Team

William  Shaw Publisher
William Shaw
425-888-2311
Shaw is a fourth generation Eastside native. His family were early homesteaders who worked the log and shingle mills in Issaquah, Redmond and the Upper Snoqualmie Valley from 1910 onward. A print media advertising consultant for a number of local community newspapers since 1986, Shaw's main focus has been on the local retail, major, national and real estate advertising categories. He has been special projects manager for Horvitz Newspapers (the former King County Journal) since 2002 and for Sound Publishing since 2006. Locally, Bill volunteers for the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and is a member of Myrtle Lodge 108 in Issaquah and Lodge Alba 315 in Seattle.
     
Jim  Gatens Regional Advertising Sales Manager
Jim Gatens
425-453-4270
Jim Gatens, is a Washington State native and Eastside resident. He has been in management, sales and customer service for over 32 years. Jim has been with Sound Publishing for over four years working at the Redmond Reporter. He started out as an advertising sales representative, successfully partnering with his clients to help them achieve their goals. After two years he was promoted to sales manager of the Redmond Reporter where he continued to build and strengthen relationships with his clients and his staff. Jim believes in integrating the local paper into the community through active interaction. Taking part in the many wonderful activities each community has to offer. He attributes success in sales and readership to the familiarity and appreciation of the uniqueness of the community the paper covers. When Jim is not working he enjoys spending time with his partner and three adult children, walking his miniature schnauzer Mia, traveling, wine tasting, gardening and cooking elaborate dinners for friends and family.
     
     
Craig  Groshart Editor
Craig Groshart
1-425-453-4233
Craig Groshart has been editor of the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter since 2009. He has worked at dailies and weeklies in the Northwest for more than 30 years.
     
Ed  Pingul Advertising Sales Consultant
Ed Pingul
425-391-0363
Ed Pingul has joined the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter as an Advertising Executive. Pingul has a wealth of marketing experience including media director at several local advertising agencies in the Puget Sound area and professional sales consultant positions working with national, regional, and local businesses of every category. Pingul focuses on developing targeted and effective advertising, branding and marketing strategies for his clients. His knowledge of all media including print, digital, television, radio, out-of-home, and social gives him valuable expertise in recommending and executing programs consistent with clients' marketing plans. Pingul has been a long time local newspaper advocate and is highly involved in the communities he lives and works in.
     
Josh   Suman Josh Suman
425-453-5054
Josh Suman joined Reporter Newspapers in 2011 as the sports reporter. Prior to joining the Reporter team, Josh covered Prep Sports around the Eastside and Snohomish County for several online-only outlets. In addition, Josh has worked as a videographer, filming prospective NCAA student-athletes in football for national scouting service XOS Digital. Josh attended high school at Eastside Catholic and after that the University of Oregon, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature.
     
Kelly  Montgomery Staff Writer
Kelly Montgomery
425-391-0363 ext. 5054
Kelly Montgomery joined the Issaquah & Sammamish Reporter in October 2013. Born and raised in Redmond, Wash., she graduated from Eastlake High School where she played varsity basketball and was editor in chief of the school paper. From there, she went on to pursue journalism and political science at Washington State University, writing for The Daily Evergreen and Murrow News Service. She spent six months studying abroad in London and her final days as a WSU student on a backpack journalism trip to Cuba where she investigated the culture and economic effects of Cuban coffee. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing basketball, traveling and watching football.
     
Jerry  Cornfield Columnist
Jerry Cornfield
360-352-8623
Jerry Cornfield is a political reporter who covers Olympia for The Daily Herald in Everett, which is among the Washington state newspapers in the Sound Publishing group. He can be contacted at jcornfield@heraldnet.com.
     
Diana  Nelson Creative Designer
Diana Nelson
Diana Nelson joined the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter in February 2012 and has been with Sound Publishing since 1999. She has 17 years of experience in graphic and creative design.The Pacific Northwest Association of Want Ad Newspapers awarded her first place for black and white advertising in 2011, for her work with Claremont Apartments. A portfolio of her work can be found at www.dianachristina.com. In Diana's free time, she enjoys photography and gourmet cooking.
     
Sue  Skelton Advertising Sales Consultant
Sue Skelton
425-391-0363
I am originally from Pasco and have lived on the Sammamish Plateau since 1989. I graduated from Washington State University. I started a career in retail sales, but spent most of my career in pharmaceutical sales. I came to Sound Publishing in Dec 2012. I am single and share my house with my cat Bobby. He is in charge! I enjoy sports, hiking, golf, gardening and traveling.
     
Linda  Ball Staff Writer
Linda Ball
425-391-0363
Linda Ball has been a journalist for over 10 years, working at both daily and weekly publications after a lengthy career as a real estate broker. Originally from the great state of Alaska, she resides in West Seattle.

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