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The Kirkland Reporter (formerly known as the Kirkland Courier for many years) has proudly served as a local voice for the city and neighborhoods since 1978. Despite growth into an affluent waterfront suburb of Seattle, Kirkland is tempered by a small-town heritage that still resonates with residents and visitors alike. Founded in 1905, the city is adorned with several city parks along Lake Washington and remains the lake's only waterfront downtown. Reflecting the town's unique qualities, warehouse chain Costco adopted the "Kirkland Signature" brand when they were headquartered here, bringing the town's name to national prominence. Kirkland's many restaurants and art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, numerous public parks, beaches and good schools make the area one of the most desirable places to live in the Puget Sound.


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Renee  Walden Sales Manager
Renee Walden
425-822-9166, ext. 3054
Renee Walden has been the sales manager of the Kirkland Reporter since September 2011. She joined Sound Publishing, Inc. in 2007 as the publisher of the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter newspapers. She was a key player in both the Issaquah and Sammamish chambers of commerce and was asked to be on the Board of Directors for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Walden has resided in Seattle for the past 20 years.
Matt  Phelps Regional Editor
Matt Phelps
425-822-9166 ext. 5052
Matt Phelps has been the regional editor of the Kirkland and Bothell/Kenmore Reporter newspaper since Decmber 2013. Before coming to the Kirkland Reporter in 2009 as a staff writer, he was a sports writer for the Mercer Island Reporter for about 10 years. Phelps is a University of Washington graduate and lives in Kirkland. Contact him for news tips at 425-822-9166 ext. 5050 or mphelps@kirklandreporter.com.
Raechel  Dawson Reporter
Raechel Dawson
425-822-9166 X5052
Raechel Dawson has been a reporter for the Kirkland Reporter since July 2012 and enjoys getting to know the people of Kirkland. She became an award winning journalist May 2013 and has reported on the 2012 Washington legislative session as an intern. Before she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Washington in June 2012, she was a blogging intern for seattlepi.com. Dawson lives in Bellevue. Contact her for general news or story tips at 425-822-9166, ext. 5052 or rdawson@kirklandreporter.com.
Felice  Lineberry Advertising Consultant
Felice Lineberry
425.483.3732 x 3052
Felice grew up in Snohomish where she currently resides but has also been a resident of Oregon and California. Before joining Sound Publishing at the end of 2011, she has collected a wide spectrum of sales experience since 2001. Building relationships within her community and helping businesses achieve their goals is not only Felice's strongest asset but also her dedication. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, riding her Harley, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
TJ Martinell

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