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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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William   Shaw Publisher
William Shaw
425-822-9166
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
425-440-0437
With a career in business management, sales and customer service, Jim started his print and online media career at the Redmond Reporter 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. ?In April 2014, he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager over the Bellevue, Issaquah/Sammamish and Mercer Island Reporters. With his newly expanded role in Kirkland, Redmond and Bothell/Kenmore, Gatens is quite excited to be returning to those markets where he lives and worked. 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 each community the newspaper covers. When Jim is not working he enjoys spending time with his partner Jorge and 3 adult children,? walking his miniature schnauzer Mia, traveling, wine tasting, gardening and cooking elaborate dinners for friends and family.
     
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.
     
Circulation manager
Dennis Osborn
206-718-5811
     
John William  Howard Staff writer
John William Howard
425-242-4361
John William Howard covers athletics at schools in Bothell, Kirkland and Kenmore and covers the Northshore and Lake Washington school districts as well as Kirkland-area news and features. Howard began his career in Oregon, covering high school sports and outdoors for papers in Scappoose and Grants Pass before moving to Kirkland in March, 2016.
     
Paul  Brown Sales Manager
Paul Brown
425-283-2157
Paul Brown has enjoyed over 24 years in various capacities of the print and digital publishing world. He began his publishing career as an inside sales consultant with Today's Careers, a division of Trader Publishing in 1995. Paul transitioned to Nickel Publications (Little Nickel Classifieds) in May, 2000 as an inside sales rep. He was promoted to sales lead in June, 2001. He used his interpersonal skills to serve as a marketing consultant to area businesses, helping them to effectively market their products and services through print and digital media. Paul was promoted to Sales Manager in August, 2003 after two consecutive years as the top revenue producer in a field of 43 other sales people. From there, he was promoted to General Manager of The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times in January, 2010. Paul was again promoted to Publisher of The Globe and The Times in January, 2012. Among his accomplishments at The Globe and The Times, he developed new and successful special sections of interest to our local readers. They include The Bridal Guide, How-To Guide, Let's Eat Dining Guide, Health & Wellness, the Strawberry Festival official program and The Arlington Festival and Fly-In Guide. One of his proudest accomplishments is the Breast Cancer Awareness publication, printed on pink paper in October, 2012. Paul took a portion of the proceeds generated from ad sales and donated these funds back to a local medical center to be used for woman's health and wellness issues, specifically, breast cancer. This tradition has carried on throughout his career at The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times.

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