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Tidings has new editor

Luke Roney brings a decade of experience to the Tidings


Luke Roney has joined the West Linn Tidings staff as editor.

Roney, who brings a decade of news experience to the Tidings, said he will focus on continuing and growing the paper’s role as the preeminent news source for West Linn residents.

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“The Tidings has a great staff that puts out a solid product,” he said. “I look forward to building on that. Our job is to highlight the people, places and happenings that make West Linn unique.”

Roney’s background in community journalism is strong. Before signing on with the Tidings, Roney launched and ran a local news site in Newport Beach, Calif., for AOL’s Patch network.

Prior to that, he spent several years at the Orange County Register as an editor and designer on both daily and community products. He began his career as a reporter, and later city editor, at the Hollister Freelance, a small-town daily in Central California.

“For any city, having a sense of community is important,” Roney said. “A large part of a local paper’s duty is to help foster that by telling the stories of the community. It’s a duty I take seriously.”

A native of Southern California, Roney moved to Oregon last year with his wife, two young sons and cats, Mr. Weiss and Spot.

“It was my wife’s idea, and I ran with it — best decision we’ve ever made,” he said.

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