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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 Publisher
Renee Walden
425-822-9166, ext. 3054
Renee Walden has been with 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.
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.
Janeen  Archer Advertising Consultant
Janeen Archer
Janeen Archer has been with the Kirkland Reporter since September 2012. Prior to joining the Reporter she worked as a Leasing manager for Essex Property Trust. Archer grew up in Bellevue, graduated from City University and has been a Kirkland resident since 1985.

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