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From the Newsroom: Saying goodbye to our interns

By Craig Brown, Columbian Editor
Published: September 10, 2022, 6:02am

One of the most important steps on the path to a journalism career has always been a summer internship.

That was true when I was an intern 40 years ago this summer. It’s still true today.

This summer, we were fortunate enough to offer internships to two outstanding new journalists, Anna Mattson and Zoë Buhrmaster. Anna left us at the end of August, bound for New York City and graduate school. Zoë’s last day was Friday; a June graduate of Clark College, she is headed to Portland State University to finish her bachelor’s degree.

We will miss both. Not only did they contribute a lot of stories — approximately 50 between the two of them — but they also were bright, interesting co-workers.

Although we haven’t welcomed interns every summer, we’ve had several that have gone on to greater success. I thought I would snoop around to see where some of them are now:

  • Riley Donahue: Our 2016 summer graphics intern has pursued a high-profile career at NBCUniversal in New York, where he is the digital design lead at “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” I am not surprised, as our news editor, Merridee Hanson, who is one of the most talented people I have ever worked with, said he is one of the most talented people she has ever worked with. I also see that he manages their design interns, so he is helping a future generation.
  • Stefanie Donahue Valentino: Riley’s older sister was a metro news intern for us in 2013. After graduating from Western Washington University, she went on to several media and media relations jobs, and now works as a public relations specialist at PeaceHealth headquarters in Vancouver.
  • Andy Bao: Our 2017 Clark College photo intern went on to earn his degree at UCLA and complete a number of high-profile assignments. He is now working for The Associated Press in New York City.
  • Zach Wilkinson: A 2019 photo intern, Zach is a staff photographer for the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune.
  • Anna Marum: Anna interned with us back in 2012, then went on to work as a reporter at The Oregonian for five years. She’s the marketing and communications manager for Greater Portland Inc., an economic development organization.
  • Ben and Will Campbell: Last but not least, the Campbell brothers interned for us back in 2007. Ben was a summer photography intern and Will’s first internship, as I recall, was as a video intern when he was still in his early teens. Now, of course, Ben is publisher of The Columbian and Will is our innovation editor.

Thanks to Web Editor Amy Libby for this column idea.

Color restored

It’s old news by now, but that damaged cylinder on one of press units has been repaired and reinstalled, which allowed us to restore full color to all of the pages in our print edition beginning Aug. 25. The enormous cylinder was damaged on Aug. 7 when a bolt came loose and damaged the cylinder’s surface. Many thanks to our readers for their patience, and to Production Director Cris Matta and his crew for working through the problem and getting it repaired ahead of schedule.

More Sports pages

If you follow local high school sports, you know The Columbian does a better job of reporting than anyone else. We’re particularly committed to bringing our readers complete coverage of Friday night football.

Not all of the stories fit into our newshole or make it into print in time for our deadlines, so we’ve added extra Sports pages to our Saturday ePaper. The ePaper is free to home delivery print customers. If you haven’t activated your account, go to www.columbian.com/digital to get started. And please, read our Monday ePaper for NFL coverage.