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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
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
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.
Leah  Hines Sales Manger
Leah Hines
TJ  Martinell Reporter
TJ Martinell
TJ Martinell has been with the Kirkland Reporter since the spring of 2014. He previously worked for the Maple Valley Reporter and MSN News. Martinell is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

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