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Founded in 1954, The Mercer Island Reporter is a paid weekly newspaper serving the affluent Mercer Island. This community of 22,000 people is located in the center of Lake Washington, the second-largest natural lake in Washington state. The Interstate-90 floating bridge, the second-longest floating bridge in the world, links this community to Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east — a boon for island commuters and shoppers. Mercer Island has nationally ranked public schools, acres of parks, and a thriving arts community. Island residents are engaged and active in many civic, social and philanthropic activities. They are educated and diverse, focused on sustainability and the future. The Town Center, located adjacent to I-90, has been undergoing a renewal with new upscale condos and shops. The advent of light rail to constructed on the center lanes of I-90, will add more accessibility for Islanders and visitors alike.


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William  Shaw Publisher
William Shaw
(425) 888-2311
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.
Mary L.  Grady Editor
Mary L. Grady
(206) 232-1215 ext. 1050
Mary L. Grady has been the editor of the Mercer Island Reporter since October 2005. Mary was first hired at the Reporter in early 2002. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Washington in 2001. Mary has won more than a dozen individual writing awards, and during her tenure as editor, the Reporter has won four General Excellence awards. Prior to becoming a journalist, Mary worked as an engineering economist and forecaster for energy companies. She holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees in applied economics. Mary is a native of Washington state and lived in Seattle before moving to Mercer Island in 2003. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters who have attended Mercer Island public schools. Contact her at editor@mi-reporter.com.
Melanie  Morgan Creative Services
Melanie Morgan
(206) 232-1215 ext. 4050
Joe  Livarchik Staff Reporter
Joe Livarchik
206-232-1215 ext. 5054
Joseph Livarchik joined the Mercer Island Reporter in the fall of 2013, taking over coverage of Mercer Island sports and education. Prior to coming to the Reporter, Joseph worked with nonprofit organizations in Seattle schools, starting student newspapers at Seattle's Cleveland High School and Rainier Beach High School, where he serves as news club adviser. A midwest native, Joseph graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University. He divides his time between Mercer Island and Seattle, where he lives. Contact him at jlivarchik@mi-reporter.com.
Advertising Sales Consultant
Theres'a Baumann
(206) 232-1215 ext. 3050

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