September 1 marks a time of change for the Lake Stevens Journal.
Pam Stevens, the Managing Editor of the Journal is now Co-Publisher along with Desiree Cahoon. Cahoon has been with the Journal since 1982 and Publisher for over twenty years. Stevens has been on the Journal staff for five years.
Cahoon calls Stevens a devoted and loyal employee who sincerely enjoys the newspaper business.
“I have been very impressed with the level of accomplishments Stevens continues to demonstrate week after week. She has always met her deadlines by coordinating editorial content and production to meet our established standards. Stevens also has won several awards for her journalism efforts at the Journal,” Cahoon said.
As Co-Publisher, Stevens will maintain her responsibilities as Managing Editor, but will have more hands- on involvement with setting and meeting budgetary goals.
Stevens lives in Lake Stevens, her children attend school and particiapte in extra curricular activities within the community, she serves on the Lake Stevens Family Center board, is active in Aquafest and is President-Elect for the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce, she is also a committee member for the upcoming Relay For Life Lake Stevens.
“I love this community and I have been blessed to meet so many talented and energetic people. By being Co-Publisher, I hope to be able to spread my wings even more and keep the Journal progressing toward the next 50 years,” Stevens said. “I feel that the role of Co-Publisher will give me a different and unique perspective of the newspaper business. The best part is that I will get to learn from Desiree, who has decades of experience and expertise.”
The transition in management will no doubt bring changes.
“I think it is important for any business to change, especially in tough economic times. The Journal has always tried to keep up with the times, and technology has made us an even bigger presence in the community.”
The Journal will continue to support local business and give them a quality product to advertise their business.
“Our main goal, however, will always be to support our local businesses by giving them a great resource for promoting their business and to give the people in Lake Stevens the news they need to keep them informed about what is happening in this ever-growing community,” Stevens said when asked about changes in the newspaper’s future.
“Stevens is deserving of this promotion and I look forward to this new experience with her as co-publisher,” Cahoon said.