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Column: My name is Geoff, and I'm your new Tribune editor

Geoff Pursinger is the Hillsboro Tribune's new associate editor. Prior to Hillsboro, Pursinger spent seven years as a reporter and assistant editor of the Hillsboro Tribune's sister paper, The Times, which covers Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood.Hello, Hillsboro!

Geoff Pursinger, here — your friendly neighborhood associate editor.

Starting this week I’ve taken over editing the Hillsboro Tribune, and even though I’ve barely unpacked my desk, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and let you know a little bit about the guy who’ll be managing your local newspaper.

First, let me just say how excited I am.

I’ve worked for the Tribune’s parent company, Pamplin Media Group, since 2009, and I’ve watched the Trib grow into a great community newspaper since its inception in 2012. In an age when newspapers all over the country are closing their doors and laying off staff, we’re living proof that there’s a place for newspapers in today’s fast-paced world. I’m really proud to be a part of the Trib’s growth and play a part in its history.

My one and only job here is to make sure the Tribune is providing you, our readers, with great, thought-provoking journalism, which means telling stories that matter to you. Please call me at 503-357-3181, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have something you think we need to hear about. I’m also on Twitter at @ReporterGeoff, where you can reach me all the time.

I plan on getting out into the community on a regular basis. You’ll probably see me at school board meetings, city council meetings, Rotary meetings, Chamber of Commerce get-togethers and any other place I can think of to get myself out there and introduced to the community.

I’ve covered everything from school bake sales to death penalty murder cases, but here I’ll be spending the majority of my reporting hours covering Hillsboro schools. I’m confident there are plenty of stories to tell about Oregon’s fourth largest school district. Feel free to send me any ideas you might have.

I also want to hold regular “remote office hours” around Hillsboro, where you can come and meet with me in person to talk about whatever you’d like. The first of these will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 15, at Insomnia Coffee, 5389 W. Baseline Road. I hope to see you there!

A little about me: I studied journalism and communications at Pacific University in Forest Grove, and for the past seven years I’ve worked as reporter and then assistant editor at the Trib’s sister paper The Times, which serves Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and the rest of eastern Washington County.

There, we worked hard to make our small paper a cornerstone of the community and bring it into the digital age with more and more online content.

Much of that effort I plan to duplicate here. We’ve got big plans for the Trib over the next year. Some of those changes will be obvious while others will be more internal, but they are all designed to help make the Trib even better than it is right now.

The first of these changes happens later this month. Kathy Fuller, who has served as editor of the Trib for the past year, will be wrangling a new section in the paper that will include feature stories about your neighbors and friends as well as arts and entertainment news and a weekly calendar. You’re going to love it.

One of the biggest changes you’ll be seeing is a shift in the way we report our news. For too long, we’ve thought of ourselves as a weekly newspaper. But news is constantly happening and updating, and our coverage should be, as well. We need to be a daily news provider for our readers, offering breaking news , features and information where people want to read it most: online.

That means more stories on our website, hillsborotribune.com, and through our social media channels. You can also continue to look forward to a solid weekly print product, which isn’t going anywhere.