From the press room: saying goodbye to our interns


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

It was true when I was an intern 40 years ago this summer. It is still true today.

This summer, we were fortunate to offer internships to two exceptional new journalists, Anna Mattson and Zoë Buhrmaster. Anna left us at the end of August, bound for New York and higher education. Zoe’s last day was Friday; She graduated from Clark College in June and is heading to Portland State University to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Both will be missed. Not only did they contribute a lot of stories – around 50 between them – but they were also brilliant and interesting colleagues.

Although we have not hosted interns every summer, we have had several who have been more successful. I thought I’d poke around to see where some of them are now:

  • Riley Donahue: Our summer 2016 graphic design intern went on to a high-profile career at NBCUniversal in New York, where he’s the digital design lead for “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” I’m not surprised because our editor, Merridee Hanson, who is one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, said he was one of the most talented people she has ever worked. I also see he’s managing their design interns, so he’s helping a future generation.
  • Stefanie Donahue Valentino: Riley’s older sister served as a Metro News intern for us in 2013. After graduating from Western Washington University, she held several positions in media and media relations, and now works as a public relations specialist at PeaceHealth’s head office in Vancouver.
  • Andy Bao: Our 2017 Clark College photo intern went on to graduate from UCLA and did a number of high profile assignments. He now works for the Associated Press in New York.
  • Zach Wilkinson: Photo intern in 2019, Zach is a photographer for the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune.
  • Anna Marum: Anna interned with us in 2012, then worked as a reporter at The Oregonian for five years. She is Director of Marketing and Communications for Greater Portland Inc., an economic development organization.
  • Ben and Will Campbell: Last but not least, the Campbell brothers interned with us in 2007. Ben was a summer photography intern and Will’s first internship, if I remember correctly, was as a video intern when he was still in his early teens. Now, of course, Ben is the editor of The Columbian and Will is our innovation editor.

Thanks to web writer Amy Libby for this column idea.

Color restored

It’s old news now, but that damaged cylinder on one of the presses has been repaired and reinstalled, allowing us to restore full color to all pages of our print edition from August 25th. The huge cylinder was damaged on August 25. 7 when a bolt loosened and damaged the surface of the cylinder. Many thanks to our readers for their patience, and to Production Manager Cris Matta and his team for resolving the issue and fixing it 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. We are particularly committed to providing our readers with comprehensive coverage of Friday night football.

Not all stories fit into our newshole or print in time for our deadlines, so we’ve added additional sports pages to our Saturday ePaper. The ePaper is free for home delivery printing customers. If you haven’t activated your account, go to to get started. And please read our Monday ePaper for NFL coverage.


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