Review newsroom sees changes
One new face, one familiar face and one returning face grace the Lake Oswego Review newsroom.
New is education reporter Rebecca Mayer; familiar is former sports writer Matthew Sherman who now serves as sports editor; and returning is city reporter Lee van der Voo.
'We've come through a transition period and ended up in wonderful shape,' said Martin Forbes, Review editor. 'It's been a couple of tough months here at the newspaper with several staff changes and to end up with such quality newspeople is a delight.
'I think Lake Oswegans will appreciate all that Rebecca, Matt and Lee bring to our news table.'
Mayer came to Lake Oswego from another Community Newspaper, the Forest Grove News-Times.
She was hired there in 2004 after graduating from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn., and making the big move out west.
At the News-Times, Mayer started out covering the cities of Banks, Gaston and Cornelius, focusing mostly on turmoil between elected officials and staff in Cornelius.
In 2006, she won third place in the Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' contest for her comprehensive coverage of a proposed Wal-Mart on the TV Highway.
Mayer rounded out her job description with arts and entertainment coverage as well as managing and designing special sections.
She also has a special interest in other cultures that led her to volunteer at an orphanage in Uganda for two months in 2006.
In Lake Oswego, Mayer's position fuses well her interest in the well being of youth while remaining connected to the political process.
'I'm looking forward to working in a city that is engaged in maintaining a high standard in education,' she said.
Sherman has been with the Review and West Linn Tidings for five years, primarily writing sports and features for both publications.
He now takes over as sports editor and is excited for the opportunity. Sherman has been covering sports for the local high schools for more than four years and has a strong familiarity with the history of prep sports in the area.
He has been the assistant sports editor for more than a year and now will head up sports sections in both papers.
'I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and covering some great teams in this community and working with terrific coaches and athletes. I look forward to continuing the Review's tradition of strong prep sports coverage,' Sherman said.
Sherman is a 1998 graduate of West Linn High School and a 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon.
Van der Voo rejoins the Review after a year with the Portland Tribune.
She covers the city of Lake Oswego with special focus on the environment and crime. In addition, she covers local politics. Van der Voo also writes on regional topics affecting Lake Oswegans.
She has won numerous awards for her work, including a national prize for environmental reporting in 2007, special recognition for Oregon's prestigious Bruce Baer Award in 2007 and a top prize in public service journalism from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in 2006.
She serves on the board of directors of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.