Record hires reporter

As the newest face at the Snoqualmie Valley Record, reporter Seth Truscott is working to develop his news sense in the Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and Preston communities.

Truscott, who started work at the Record Feb. 20, comes from the weekly paper in Yelm, a city in Thurston County. He and his fiance Anna reside in Issaquah, and Anna's aunt and uncle, Kay and Larry Boyle, reside in Snoqualmie.

Truscott covers school and business news, city and police beats and the arts. He is also interested in features on local residents who do extraordinary things.

"It's rare in our business to find someone as talented as Seth for our reporter position," said Jim McKiernan, Valley Record publisher. "He brings strong community journalism skills to the job and an enthusiasm for telling our communities' stories."

On his first week on the job, Truscott visited the growing areas of Snoqualmie and North Bend, introduced himself to city, police and King County Sheriff's Office staff and got started on stories including Snoqualmie Valley Trail safety concerns, a Curves "murder mystery" and a benefit for a local family whose home was destroyed by fire.

"I'm just getting my feet wet on the job," Truscott said. "I look forward to getting to know the people of this community, learning about what they care about, what they hope for, what gets them excited and involved in their city.

"This looks like a growing and dynamic community," he added.

Last Tuesday, his very first day, Truscott hopped out of tour guide and Record editor Leif Nesheim's car to snap photos of a flood repair project on the Preston-Fall City Road.

"At a weekly paper, a reporter is as much a photographer as a writer," Truscott said. "I take pride in a good photo. As a community journalist, it's my job to tell the story as much in picture as in print."

Truscott grew up in Eastern Washington, attended college at Washington State University at Pullman and worked as a reporter in Yelm for seven years. He holds a degree in journalism from WSU, and has earned several awards over the past few years through the Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association's Better Newspaper competition.

Truscott replaces former reporter Penny Stickney at the Valley Record.

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