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Sword replaces Francke as reporter


Staff changes — The University of Idaho graduate will cover business, arts and leisure, city ?government beats as well as general news

Having arrived in Oregon just three months ago, new reporter Katy Sword said she is eager to start her career working for The Newberg Graphic.

“Newberg reminds me of Moscow, Idaho, which was like a second home to me, so I think I’ll fit right in,” she said.

Sword, 22, graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2013 with degrees in journalism and psychology. She served as news editor for the UI newspaper, The Argo­naut, before making the trek to Portland.Katy Sword

Sword said she is constantly asked why she chose Ore­gon instead of staying in Idaho where she grew up.

“I was fortunate enough to intern at Willamette Week last summer and I fell in love with the city,” she said. “Idaho was my first home and I’m excited to make Oregon my second.”

As reporter, Sword is responsible for the business, arts and leisure and city government beats on the paper. She is re­placing Ty­ler Francke who left the paper in August.

“We’re excited to have Katy on board,” said Managing Editor Gary Allen. “She is enthusiastic and has the skills needed to build on Tyler’s legacy of first-class journalism here at the Graphic.”

“Working in journalism is something I al­ways knew I wanted to do,” she said. “I re­member the first time I was published — it was a special Harry Potter insert for the release of the first movie where local kids were able to submit stories — I kept at least 20 copies of it. Since then I just kept coming back to this profession. Writing and telling people’s stories is who I am.”