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Bainbridge Review welcomes new reporter
Luciano “Luke” Marano has joined the news team at the Bainbridge Island Review as the new Arts and Leisure reporter.
He will also handle general assignment stories and help with the Review’s sports coverage.
Marano, a relatively new island resident, grew up in East Brady, Pa., and moved to Pensacola, Fla., after high school, where he ultimately joined the Navy as a mass communication specialist (photographer/ journalist).
His time in service included tours of duty in Hawaii and Everett, including one Western Pacific deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, where he served as photo editor and contributing reporter for the ship’s award-winning newspaper.
Opting out of reenlistment in order to pursue higher education, Marano is currently pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography at the Art Institute of Seattle, where he is in his second year of study.
“My real passion is storytelling,” Marano said. “Whether told through pictures or words, what interests me most is telling a good story.”
After his stint in the Navy, Marano has covered news events throughout Kitsap County. His work has appeared in numerous local publications including the Central Kitsap Reporter, the Bremerton Patriot, Kitsap Veterans Life Magazine, the 2013 Discover Kitsap Tourism Guide as well as the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this historic newspaper,” Marano said. “I look forward to being a bigger part of the team here at the Review.”
Review editor Brian Kelly said he was thrilled to find a journalist with Marano’s talents already on the island and eager to join the team.
“Luciano will be a terrific addition to our newsroom. He’s a solid journalist and we’re lucky to have him,” Kelly said.
Marano’s arrival is one of several changes in the Review newsroom. Former city hall reporter Richard D. Oxley has taken a position with the Review’s sister newspaper in Poulsbo, the North Kitsap Herald. Reporter Cecilia Garza has been promoted from the arts beat to the city government beat.