Nick Twietmeyer has joined the newsroom at the Bainbridge Island Review as its newest general assignment reporter.
Twietmeyer is well familiar with life in Kitsap County. He grew up in Poulsbo and Hansville.
After graduating from North Kitsap High School, Twietmeyer attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a bachelors of arts degree in communications and journalism. After graduating from the UW, Twietmeyer moved back across the water, returning to the family farm in Hansville.
While at the University of Washington, Twietmeyer studied a variety of unrelated topics before finding his calling in journalism.
“Hopefully not declaring a major early on in my education and studying a wide variety of topics will allow me now, as a reporter, to be able to relate to more people — which is really helpful while interviewing sources. But there’s also the chance that I was just burning truckloads of money while learning about Nietzsche,” he said.
Twietmeyer has written for numerous Seattle publications including Seattle Weekly, The International Examiner and The Ballard News Tribune. As a reporter for Seattle Weekly, he covered topics ranging from Seattle’s heroin epidemic to feral pigs in Ephrata.
“While my passion lies in reporting the news; I still really enjoy covering the unusual stuff, the stories that offer an opportunity to add a bit of humor,” Twietmeyer said.
“I love that as a reporter, I have an excuse to meet and get to know complete strangers on a very personal level, in a very short amount of time,” he added. “Having the opportunity to meet strangers and share their stories with the world, it’s insane, it’s an absolute dream. I get to meet new people every single day; that’s why I do it.”
Twietmeyer prefers to spend his free time outdoors, keeping up with the farm work, woodworking and playing the five-string banjo.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to add Nick to our team,” said Brian Kelly, editor of the Review. “He’s thoughtful, talented and very enthusiastic.”
Twietmeyer will move into the reporter position last held by Jessica Shelton, who departed the Review at the end of December after her husband, a Navy officer, was reassigned to the East Coast.