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Tidings welcomes new editor

Pugmire Hole brings longtime community journalism background


Leslie Pugmire Hole has joined the West Linn Tidings team as editor.

An experienced community journalist, Pugmire Hole previously served as managing editor of the Redmond Spokesman for 11 years. Nearly identical today in population to West Linn, Redmond also experienced a tremendous growth spurt during the last 25 years.

TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Leslie Pugmire Hole

“I loved writing and reporting about a dynamic community with a rich history while I was in Redmond and I expect my experience in West Linn to be similar,” she said. “The Tidings staff are a great team, really dedicated to providing the best in news and information for the community. I feel honored to be joining them in that mission.”

While in Central Oregon Pugmire Hole found time to co-author a book on the history of Redmond and help form a nonprofit dedicated to promoting its historic downtown district. She also reported for the daily newspaper in Bend, The Bulletin.

Prior to that Pugmire Hole was a reporter and photographer at the Seaside Signal, a community weekly on the Oregon coast. Through the years she has been given more than a dozen first-place journalism awards from Society of Professional Journalists and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring on such an expierenced editor in community journalism as Leslie,” said J. Brian Monihan, publisher of the Tidings. “We look forward to working with her to continue to grow and develop the newspaper to better serve West Linn.”

Raised in Portland, Pugmire Hole returned to the Willamette Valley in 2014, after years of wandering the West, from the Oregon coast to Hawaii and Idaho. She and her husband, Brian, have two grown daughters in Portland and three more scattered throughout Oregon and Utah. The couple is keeping busy in their off-hours fixing up their newly-acquired house — a 103-year-old Craftsman feeling its age — and exploring their new home turf.

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