About Us

For 125 years, the Whidbey News-Times has served as the local, hometown newspaper for North and Central Whidbey. From Greenbank to Deception Pass, we report on people, issues and events that matter to you. The newspaper is based in Oak Harbor, where the Navy, schools and business are hot topics. Coupeville is the Island County's seat, and the environment, history, development and tourism get plenty of attention. On North Whidbey, people often discuss traffic and state parks. When there's news happening, be assured the News-Times will report on it. We welcome all news tips. Call is at 360-675-6611, ext. 5056, or email your tips to editor@whidbeynewsgroup.com

 

Your Community News Team

Keven R.  Graves Executive Editor & Publisher
Keven R. Graves
360-675-6611, ext. 1050
Keven, a native of neighboring Anacortes whose grandparents lived in Oak Harbor, first joined the Whidbey News-Times as an intern reporter in 1986. He worked his way up to assistant editor, leaving the newspaper in 1993. He help found The Whidbey Examiner, where he remained there as co-publisher and editor until 1999. From 1999 to 2012, he was publisher and editor for the Nisqually Valley News in Yelm. In February 2013, he returned to the Whidbey News Group as publisher and editor of the Whidbey News-Times. Keven graduated from Anacortes High School and Western Washington University. He has one son, Liam. Keven is president of Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, a statewide group that represents nearly all of Washington state's community newspapers. He also serves on the board of directors for the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.
     
Co-Editor
Megan Hansen
360-675-6611, ext. 5050
Megan Hansen is co-editor for the Whidbey News-Times and The Whidbey Examiner. She is also in charge of editing and producing special sections such as the Islander, Whidbey Almanac and Farm Tour Guide. Megan covers the Town of Coupeville, Coupeville School District and writes general interest news and features.
     
Lead Creative Artist
Michelle Wolfensparger
360-675-6611, ext. 4054
Michelle joined the Whidbey News Group in September 2009, when she and her family moved to Whidbey Island from Southern California. She has 23 years of graphics work experience since receiving a Mac SE30 hot off the production line and a mandate to "make an ad by 2 p.m. for the OC Business Journal." Fonts and graphics have been a passion ever since. She worked at a weekly newspaper and publishing company for seven years as assistant production manager before coming to the Whidbey News-Times, initially as a marketing artist.
     
Creative Artist
Jennifer Miller
Jen is a talented creative artist who also is responsible for producing the monthly real estate magazine Whidbey Homes Land Islander.
     
Administrative
Connie Ross
360-675-6611, ext. 4050
Connie works in Administration for Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner. Contact her with questions about billing.
     
Sales Consultant
Phil Dubois
360-675-6611, ext. 3056
Phil is sales consultant for the newspapers in the Whidbey News Group and Sound Publishing's papers in the San Juan Islands. His territory includes Anacortes, Mount Vernon and other areas of Skagit County.
     
Reporter
Kate Daniel
360-675-6611, ext. 5054
Kate writes features and community news. She also assembles and prepares the community calendar, news briefs and church briefs.
     
Staff reporter
Debra Vaughn
360-675-6611, ext. 5075
Debra has an extensive background in journalism. Her beats include the Navy, Oak Harbor School District and North Whidbey Parks & Recreation District.
     
Senior Sales Consultant
Teri Mendiola
360-675-6611, ext. 3052
Teri lives in Oak Harbor and is very involved in the community. Among other things, she is a volunteer with the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
     
Staff Reporter
Ron Newberry
360-675-6611, ext. 5070
Ron Newberry's background is in sports journalism, having spent 16 years at The News Tribune of Tacoma, specializing in high school sports coverage but also serving as general assignment reporter. He later spent four years as Sports Editor of The Olympian, and worked for sports websites at CoachesAid.com and Rivals.com as well as freelanced for The Seattle Times. Ron lives on Central Whidbey with his wife, Kathy, and their horse/dog, Buster. Ron has two daughters, Madison and Emilie.
     
Advertising Consultant
Nora Durand
360-675-6611, ext. 3060
Nora Durand is sales representative for Pioneer Way and other areas of Oak Harbor, and also for Coupeville.
     
Associate Publisher
Kimberlly Winjum
360-675-6611, ext. 3050
Kimberlly Winjum is associate publisher for the Whidbey News Group, leading the sales departments for the Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner.
     
Sports editor
Jim Waller
360-675-6611, ext. 5060
Jim Waller began working as the sports editor in September 2009. At that time, he returned to the Whidbey News-Times after a 30-year break. He was also sports editor for the News-Times right out of the University of Washington in 1975 and held the post until 1978. He was an English and journalism teacher at Oak Harbor High School for 32 years, as well as varsity baseball coach for 30 years and an assistant basketball coach for 32. Jim and his wife, Sandee, have three boys, Brett, Bryce and Brooks.
     
Co-editor
Jessie Stensland
360-675-6611, ext. 5056
Jessie Stensland is the co-editor of the Whidbey News-Times and The Whidbey Examiner responsible for assigning news stories and photos to reporters. She also covers crime, cops, county and anything else that comes her way. She started working for the newspaper in 1997. She grew up in Minnesota, graduated from hoity-toity Carleton College with a degree in English and moved to Washington to get away from the cold and snow. Now she misses the cold and snow. She has a husband and two young children. Jessie covers cops and courts and City of Oak Harbor.
     
Circulation Director
Diane Smothers
360-675-6611, ext. 6050
Diane is a veteran of Sound Publishing, accruing more than 21 years of experience in various tasks. She has two children, five grandchildren, one handsome boyfriend, four dogs, and two cats. She has been an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for for over 5 years. Contact Diane with questions about subscribing or to report missed papers or vacation holds.
     
Reporter
Daniel Richman
360-675-6611, ext. 5062
Dan Richman brings to the Whidbey News Group an extensive background in journalism. From 1999 to 2009, he was a reporter at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He worked as business and tech reporter for what was, at that time, the oldest morning newspaper in Washington state. While at the P-I: - He served as the sole Microsoft reporter for four years during the antitrust trials. - Wrote stories on a wide variety of topics, including technology, retail, the JOA, the P-I's sale, consumer affairs and general-assignment news and features. - Won awards, including: First place (with colleagues) for business reporting, 2003 Society of Professional Journalists awards, for "A Clear Victory for Microsoft;" First place (with colleagues), best breaking-news story, 2001, C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting, “Microsoft Breakup Ordered,” Oct. 2001; Second Place, Business/Finance category, Best of Hearst 2004, for "The Fall of AT&T Wireless" Dan's primary beats here include Island County government and business.
     
Office Manager
Renee Midgett
360-675-6611, ext. 2050
Renee Midgett is office manager for the Whidbey News Group. She runs the main office in Coupeville and handles the day-to-day functions of the front office, including customer care and billing. Renee also oversees the Creative Department.
     
South Whidbey Record Editor
Justin Burnett
Justin, 31, has been in newspapers for more than five years. He attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a major in print journalism and a minor in history. He began his career working for a large alternative weekly in Honolulu, where he worked in sales so he could be close to the newsroom. He moved to Whidbey Island in late 2006 and has been covering community news for the past three years. He is married to a beautiful woman, and together they have one son, 9.

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