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
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 Director
Jim Gatens
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.
Carrie   Rodriguez Editor
Carrie Rodriguez
Carrie Rodriguez joined the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter in January 2016 as the editor. Prior to this position, Carrie was regional editor of Sound Publishing’s Kirkland and Bothell-Kenmore Reporter newspapers and, most recently, editor of the Federal Way Mirror. A University of Washington Husky, Carrie has two bachelors degree’s in Communications and English and during her 11-plus years in journalism has earned many awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. An upstate New York native, Carrie has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years with her husband and four children.
Theresa  Willey Sales
Theresa Willey
Theresa Willey has lived everywhere from Oklahoma, South Carolina to Washington state. She has lived all over the Puget Sound area for the past 16 years. Theresa has extensive experience in several industries including law, medical, retail, restaurant, contracting companies and has owned her own business for over five years. Her experience includes administration management, recruiting, accounting, human resources, but above all: account management, sales and marketing. Theresa has been actively participating in sales/marketing and account management for the past 17 years. Theresa has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest, the opportunities, the people and the unique communities that make up the area. Theresa emphasizes the importance of family, in her spare time she gives her attention to a beautiful 11-year-old daughter named Teleah and her fiance Scoey. They are an artistic family, so any given day you will find Theresa creating unique clothing pieces, jewelry or mixed media art while her daughter draws anime and everyone blares music throughout the house, with the amazing smells of culinary masterpieces her fiance creates for them.
Joe  Livarchik Reporter
Joe Livarchik
Joe Livarchik joined the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter in July 2016, switching desks from the Mercer Island Reporter, where he covered sports and education for three years. Prior to his work with Reporter Newspapers, Joe worked with nonprofit organizations in Seattle schools, starting student newspapers at Seattle's Cleveland High School and Rainier Beach High School, where he has served as a volunteer news club adviser. A midwest native, Joe graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University. He divides his time between Sammamish, Mercer Island and Seattle, the latter where he lives with his fiancee, Kelley. Contact him at jlivarchik@issaquahreporter.com and follow him on Twitter @jlivarch.
Nicole  Jennings Reporter
Nicole Jennings
Nicole Jennings joined the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter in June 2016. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University in June 2015 with a major in history and two minors in German and French. Prior to joining Sound Publishing, Jennings worked as an English teaching assistant in two high schools in Salzburg, Austria through the Fulbright program. She also worked as a reporter for the La Conner Weekly News in La Conner for five years.
Diana  Nelson Senior 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 dianandesigns.com. In Diana's free time, she enjoys photography and gourmet cooking.
Shaun  Scott Staff Writer
Shaun Scott
Shaun Scott spent the past 80 months covering sports for the Puyallup Herald. He is a Washington State University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Shaun joined the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter in August of 2014. His hobbies consist of traveling, running and playing team sports.

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