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Eastside native Shaw named Snoqualmie Valley Record publisher
William G. A. Shaw has been named publisher of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. Shaw, Marketing Director for Reporter Newspapers, was named to the position by Josh O’Connor, Vice President of the Reporter Newspapers division of Sound Publishing.
“Mr. Shaw has proven himself as a leader with strong entrepreneurial skills that will help build on the solid growth the Record has experienced this past decade,” O’Connor said.
A print media advertising consultant for a number of local community newspapers since 1986, Shaw’s main focus has been on the local retail, major, national and real estate advertising categories. He has been special projects manager for Horvitz Newspapers (the former King County Journal) since 2002 and for Sound Publishing since 2006.
“Newspaper ink is in my blood,” he said.
Raised in Bellevue, Shaw is a fourth generation Eastside native. His family were early homesteaders who worked the log and shingle mills in Issaquah, Redmond and the Upper Snoqualmie Valley from 1910 onward.
“We loved the area so much, we put down roots throughout the Eastside,” he said.
“The Snoqualmie Valley is as beautiful and dynamic a place as it is a great community to live, play, work and do business in,” Shaw added. “I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of a newspaper that has reflected and communicated the stories of the unique people, events and issues that continue to make the Valley of the ‘S·dukwalbixw’ such a very special place.
Shaw said his mission is to continue the community focus that former publisher Jim McKiernan, his wife Karen, and past publishers have built in the Valley with their dedication and commitment.
Living on Squak Mountain in Issaquah for over 25 years, Shaw and his wife Mary Beth Haggerty-Shaw have two children: Liam, 23, and Mora, 20. Mary Beth is an investigator with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Liam is finishing up a geography degree at Central Washington University and also operates ‘Circle S’, a horse training business in the Issaquah and the Valley. Mora is a freshman at Western Washington University and hopes to work toward a nursing or community health degree.
Shaw has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington. He is also active in the local and international Scottish and Celtic communities as a historian, author and public speaker. In 2002, Shaw was recognized in the Scottish Court of the Lord Lyon as the 12th Shaw of Easter Lair, Chieftain of his clan sept in Glenshee, Scotland. With a keen eye looking toward the future as well as the past, Shaw is also the Bard and historian to the 22nd Chief of Clan Shaw. Commissioned as a Chief’s Lieutenant, Bill personally maintains the Web site of the now worldwide Scottish clan family: www.theclanshaw.org.
Locally, Bill volunteers for the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and is a member of Myrtle Lodge 108 in Issaquah and Lodge Alba 315 in Seattle.