Former political journalist Patrick Preston has been named Hillsboro’s new public affairs manager. He will replace Barbara Simon, who will retire at the end of April after 10 years with the city.

“From planning for smart growth to developing a sustainability plan to bringing Single A baseball to the city, Hillsboro has created positive momentum for the region,” said Preston. “I am elated to join the team in serving such a dynamic city. I look forward to helping tell the Hillsboro story.”

As public affairs manager, Preston will be responsible for managing the city’s media relations, supporting internal and external communication and coordinating public involvement activities.

“Patrick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his years as a reporter as well as enthusiasm for communicating the great things that are growing in Hillsboro,” said Corinne Bloomfield, Hillsboro’s communications and marketing manager.

As a reporter, Preston received awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His work assignments lead him to cover Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon, the aftermath of Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and the Iraqi War. Preston received an Emmy award for his work as an embedded reporter in Kuwait and Iraq.

Preston graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science and journalism. He has served as the primary political reporter at television stations in Portland; Columbus, Ohio; and Spokane.

Banerjee joins American audiology board

Shilpi Banerjee, director of clinical education at Pacific University’s School of Audiology, has been elected to a three-year term on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, effective July 1.

Banerjee, a Hillsboro resident, has been active in the academy for several years. She joined Pacific’s faculty last year.

The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of audiologists, with an active membership of more than 11,000.

The academy strives to provide quality hearing care through professional development, education, research and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

Banerjee holds a doctorate in communication sciences and disorders as well as a master’s degree in audiology and hearing sciences from Northwestern University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech therapy from T.N. Medical College, Bombay University in India.

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