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West Linn Tidings names new editor

Former sports writer and native Oregonian, Dan Itel is picked to lead paper's news staff
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The West Linn Tidings has a new editor.

J. Brian Monihan, publisher of the Tidings, announced that Daniel Itel will be overseeing the news effort of the paper.

'We are fortunate to have another experienced journalist as part of our team,' Monihan said.

'Dan will be a good fit for both West Linn and the Tidings. I know he will help us continue our tradition of producing one of the best newspapers in the state.'

Itel comes to the Tidings after working as sports editor for The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. Previously, he was the high school sports editor for the Statesman Journal in Salem for more than six years. There he wrote a popular column, was involved in a number of projects, including a Blethen award-winning series on diversity, and has covered stories everywhere from El Paso, Texas to Waldport on the Oregon Coast.

Itel has also interned as a general assignment reporter with the Statesman Journal, the Tri-City Herald in Eastern Washington and as a political reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Washington D.C. Bureau.

While in college in 1998, Itel also interned at the Lake Oswego Review. It was his first job in the newspaper business, and he obtained the position with only one writing sample from an assignment in a college reporting class.

'I'm very excited to be a part of this vibrant and active community,' Itel said. 'My roots are in Oregon and I have a passion for all that is the Pacific Northwest. Now I look forward to learning all there is to know about West Linn and those who live, work and play here.'

Itel is a 2000 graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.A. in journalism and communication, with a concentration in news editorial and a minor in political science. He presently lives in the Portland area, and began working for the Tidings last week.