Here’s to getting to know you — at long last
April 1, 2014
By Neil Pierson
I’ve been working for this newspaper for 10 months, so it seems high time I got around to introducing myself.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reporters who write about themselves, even in opinion pieces. My job is to tell your stories, not my own. But hey, most people are a little curious about the guy hanging around the school board meetings and the high-school football games, so I’m happy to oblige.
I grew up in Spokane and matriculated to the fine institution of Washington State University to get my journalism degree. Basically, it’s the only school I ever wanted to attend because half my family did as well. My dad, aunt and uncle all earned pharmacy degrees in Pullman. For three years, I lived in the same dormitory my grandfather did in the 1940s.
Since then, I’ve worked my way westward through a variety of newspapers — the Cheney Free Press near Spokane; the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake; The Herald in Puyallup; The Peninsula Gateway in Gig Harbor.
My family consists of my wife Erin, whom I married last May, and my two sons, ages 7 and 5, who visit our home in Renton as often as possible. We love our time together, whether it’s cooking a family meal, getting dirty at the park, playing video games or watching sports.
Soccer was my sport in high school, and I’m a hopelessly addicted supporter of Seattle Sounders FC. Erin, who’s the all-time leading scorer for her high-school basketball program, has been converted to a lover of the beautiful game, albeit not to my obsessive levels. She actually left a recent match at halftime because of the rain, something I wouldn’t have done if lightning was crashing down on my head.
My job here is a bit complicated to explain but, basically, I’m a juggler. You’ll see me at high-school sporting events, primarily at Skyline and Eastlake high schools. You’ll see me at Issaquah School Board meetings. You’ll also find me at random community events and in the homes of people with some of the most interesting stories you’ve never heard.
Spending time with the folks of Issaquah and Sammamish has been an enjoyable learning process. Getting to know a community always has its challenges, but I’ve felt embraced by countless people.
If this introduction piece communicates nothing else, let it be this: This is your newspaper, and I’m here to serve you to the best of my abilities. Reporters can’t be everywhere at once, of course, but I’ll never turn down a story idea that’s timely, informative, funny or intriguing.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and get to know me.
Neil Pierson: 392-6434, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org