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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.
Carrie  Rodriguez Editor
Carrie Rodriguez
Carrie Rodriguez joined the Mercer Island Reporter in January 2016 as the editor. Prior to this position, Carrie was regional editor of Sound Publishing’s Kirkland and Bothell-Kenmore Reporter newspapers and, most recently, editor of the Federal Way Mirror. A University of Washington Husky, Carrie has two bachelors degrees in Communications and English and during her 11-plus years in journalism has earned many awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. An upstate New York native, Carrie has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years with her husband and four children.
Theres'a  Baumann Advertising Sales Consultant
Theres'a Baumann
(206) 232-1215 ext. 3050
Shaun  Scott Staff writer
Shaun Scott
Shaun Scott spent the past 80 months covering sports for the Puyallup Herald. He is a Washington State University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Shaun joined the Mercer Island Reporter in August of 2016. His hobbies consist of traveling, running and playing team sports.
Jim  Gatens Regional Advertising Director
Jim Gatens
Jim Gatens, is a Washington state native and Eastside resident. He has been in management, sales and customer service for over 32 years. Jim has been with Sound Publishing for over four years working at the Redmond Reporter and now the Bellevue Reporter. He started out 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, a position in which he continued to build and strengthen relationships with his clients and his staff. Jim believes in integrating the local paper into the community through active interaction. He attributes success in sales and readership to the familiarity and appreciation of the uniqueness of the community the paper covers. When Jim is not working he enjoys spending time with his partner and three adult children, walking his miniature schnauzer Mia, traveling, wine tasting, gardening and cooking elaborate dinners for friends and family.
Joe  Livarchik Staff Writer
Joe Livarchik
Joe 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, Joe 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 a news club adviser. A midwest native, Joe 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.
Katie  Metzger Staff Writer
Katie Metzger
Katie Metzger joined the Reporter in the fall of 2014, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Chapman University in Orange, California. She covers City Hall, businesses, cops, courts and other aspects of Island life. Prior to joining Sound Publishing, she wrote for the Orange County Register and LA Times Community News. A Washington state native and huge Seahawks fan, Katie currently lives in Redmond and enjoys hiking, listening to audiobooks, traveling and spending time with her three younger sisters and cat.

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