Sather joins Reporter staff

By Ruth Longoria

Katherine Sather has joined the Reporter as the new education reporter.

She replaces reporter Mary L. Grady, who took over as editor at the Reporter on Oct. 1. Sather brings experience from newspapers in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon, but she got her start at a community paper similar to the Mercer Island Reporter.

She grew up in the small logging town of St. Maries, located near Coeur D'Alene in the Panhandle of Idaho, where she began working for the weekly paper, the Gazette Record, in high school. She continued working there for five years. ``I got hooked,'' she said.

Sather graduated from St. Maries High School in 2001. She attended the University of Montana, where she wrote and edited for the Montana Kaimin, the student newspaper, and earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism. The department faculty named her top senior upon her graduation.

Sather completed an internship at the Seattle Times in 2004 and finished another internship at the Oregonian, in Portland, in August.

She began work at the Reporter in September. She said she is pleased to be in Western Washington.

``I love the Puget Sound area; it's beautiful here,'' she said. ``And it's warmer than Montana.''

In addition to writing, she enjoys running, which she does several times a week near her home in the Wallingford area of Seattle. She also likes to go fly fishing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

She is the only child of Donna and Randy Sather, who live in St. Maries. Her mother works for a dentist and her father works for a lumber mill. She said they supported her move to Washington.

Sather has been to Europe twice, once to Ireland when she was 18 with her maternal grandma and, a few years later, with her paternal grandmother to Belgium, Germany and France, and again to Ireland. She likes spending time with her grandmothers because: ``We're a tight-knit family,'' she said.

She's excited to take over the education beat and make it her own. ``I love to write and it's going to be fun getting to know the students,'' she said. ``I hope to be fair and accurate, and have fun with it.''

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