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Valley Record hires new reporter

SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Valley Record welcomed reporter Sarah Haas to its staff last week.

A freelance reporter for the past four years for various Seattle publications, Haas joins the Valley Record after a brief venture into the public relations industry.

Previously, Haas worked as a part-time reporter and features editorial assistant at parent newspaper the King County Journal. There she covered local news and features events and created the events calendar and weekend planner.

"We are really glad to have someone with the enthusiasm that Sarah brings to the position," said Valley Record Publisher Jim McKiernan. "Her understanding of community journalism will make her a real asset for this community. She also has previous experience in the company and that always helps a person get up to speed a little more quickly."

Growing up all over the United States (hotel business, not the military), she and her family settled in Bellevue in the late 1990s. Haas attended the University of Washington, where her love of writing and inquisitive personality led her to the communications field and earned her a scholarship.

She also studied theater, French, education and Spanish; studying abroad in Mexico and tutoring English-as-a-Second-Language students.

Though she thought about a career in teaching, she soon realized that her innate curiosity, communicative nature and the pull of the written word were too strong to quell.

She graduated in the winter of 2003 with a degree in communications: editorial journalism.

Haas welcomes her return to journalism and is excited to cover the local community as a full-time reporter. She enjoys exploring, getting to know the area and the people in it.

When not working she spends time with her family, travels, horseback rides and relishes in her guilty pleasure: television. Haas lives in Seattle with her longtime boyfriend Jake and their three cats, Raisin, Peanut and Kaya.

There might soon be a dog to add to the mix, too, if she gets on Santa's good side this holiday season.

Haas replaces reporter Melissa Kruse, who went to Xbox.com.

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