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New editor joins Tidings

by: Vern Uyetake, Brown

There is soon to be a changing of the editorial guard at the West Linn Tidings.

Tracy Stepp, the Tidings editor since June of 2005, will be leaving the paper to pursue other career opportunities.

'I'm sad to see Tracy leave,' said J. Brian Monihan, Tidings publisher. 'In the short time she was here, she helped the paper tremendously. I'm very proud of her, her accomplishments and wish her the best of luck.'

Replacing Stepp will be AmyJo Brown, a veteran newspaper reporter who currently works within Community Newspapers. Since March of 2005, she has served as the Washington County reporter generating stories for the Forest Grove News-Times, Beaverton Valley Times, The Times and the Sherwood Gazette.

Prior to that she was a reporter for the daily East Oregonian in Pendleton and The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green, Ohio. She holds a bachelor's degree in print journalism and International studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

As the Washington County reporter, Brown stepped into a newly created position and hit the ground running.

'AmyJo really increased the quality of investigative reporting in Community Newspapers,' said Monihan. 'I am anxious to see what unfolds over the next few months as she gets settled into her new position and with her new staffers. We are fortunate to have a person of this quality sign on as the new Tidings editor. I have high expectations for her and her abilities.'

Brown will begin working shortly after Oct. 2. She is married and currently lives in the Portland area.

In her new position, Stepp will be the resource development and outreach manager at Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a nonprofit group in Tigard.