Steve Powell, who has been interim editor the past three months, has been named to the permanent post for the Bainbridge Island Review, North Kitsap Herald and Kingston Community News newspapers.
Born in Bellingham, Powell, 63, grew up in Puyallup then graduated from Washington State University in 1979. He has worked for daily newspapers for 35 years and weeklies for seven, mostly in Washington state. He also earned his master’s in education from PLU and taught English, history and leadership for three years, also coaching high school baseball and football.
Most recently, Powell was editor of the Marysville Globe and Arlington Times, winning statewide awards in almost every news category multiple times from the Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association. He is vice president of the WNPA, scheduled to take over as president of the board of directors next year. In his six years in Marysville, the Globe won General Excellence as the top weekly newspaper in the state three times in the largest circulation category. He also led staffs as city editor of The Olympian and assistant city editor of the Everett Herald that won General Excellence a total of four times in SPJ daily competitions for the Pacific Northwest.
The Globe and Times stopped publication in March due to business closures due to COVID-19 restrictions reducing advertising.