Changes at the Reporter

Reporter staff

A new editor has been announced for the Mercer Island Reporter. Mary L. Grady will replace Stephen Weigand as the editor and general manager of the newspaper effective Oct. 1.

Grady has been the paper's education reporter for the last three years.

``Mary cares greatly about the Island and its newspaper. She and her husband, Kevin, live on the Island and have two children who attend Mercer Island public schools,'' said Catherine Shen, publisher of the Reporter and vice president of strategic development for Horvitz Newspapers. ``Mary has an excellent base of knowledge about life on the Island and the issues that readers find compelling.''

Grady is a 2001 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in journalism and also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics. She previously worked as an energy economist and manager before turning full time to writing.

Weigand was the city reporter for four years at the paper before being promoted after longtime editor Jane Meyer retired two years ago. He is moving to Washington, D.C., later this fall.

The paper's staff has won numerous awards during his tenure, including a second place for General Excellence from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

``I have enjoyed my time at the Reporter, but it is time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life,'' Weigand said. ``I will miss the Island, especially the people and the parks. I will follow the Reporter no matter where I am. I know I'm leaving the paper in good hands.''

A new education reporter will be announced in early October.

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