About Us

Since 1890, from its roots as the Island County Sun, the Whidbey News-Times has covered North and Central Whidbey Island. From Greenbank to Deception Pass, News-Times reporters keep up with issues that matter to each of the unique and diverse communities. 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. The South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner are sister publications of the Whidbey News-Times. Readers can be assured the Whidbey News-Times will be there reporting. And, as always, we welcome your news tips. Call is at 360-675-6611 or email your tips to editor@whidbeynewsgroup.com

 

Your Community News Team

Keven R.  Graves Executive Editor & Publisher
Keven R. Graves
360-675-6611
Keven first joined the Whidbey News Group as a reporter in 1986. He worked at the newspaper until 1993, when he left to help found The Whidbey Examiner, where he remained until 1999. For the next 13 years 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. He graduated from Anacortes High School and Western Washington University. He has one son, Liam. He is incoming president of Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.
     
Lead Creative Artist
Michelle Wolfensparger
360-675-6611, ext. 4054
Michelle joined the Whidbey News Group n 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, becoming production manager in May 2010.
     
Co-Editor
Megan Hansen
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.
     
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.
     
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. He is married to Sandee and they have three boys, Brett, Bryce and Brooks.
     
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.
     
Reporter
Michelle Beahm
360-675-6611
Michelle Beahm covers news and features in Coupeville and Oak Harbor. Her beats include Oak Harbor schools, parks and recreation and business.
     
Office Manager
Renee Midgett
360-675-6611
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.
     
Creative Department Manager
Connie Ross
360-675-6611
Connie Ross is manager of the Creative Department for Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner.
     
Staff reporter
Janis Reid
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Janis Reid is a reporter for the Whidbey News-Times. She covers Island County government and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
     
Staff Reporter
Ron Newberry
360-675-6611
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 in Oak Harbor with his wife Kathy and their horse/dog, Buster. Ron has two daughters, Madison and Emilie.
     
Associate Publisher
Kimberlly Winjum
360-675-6611
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.
     
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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