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By Drew Lawson
The Times 

Greetings from the new(ish) guy


Last updated 1/14/2021 at 11am

Hello readers of The Times. You may know me as Drew, the scrawny, 14-year-old-looking reporter who has been covering Reardan news and education, Lincoln County preps sports and miscellaneous news and community features over the last seven or so months.

You may know me from before that as sports editor and co-managing editor of Eastern Washington University’s student newspaper, The Easterner.

And you may know me from before that if you are related to me. For local readers, that seems unlikely.

Or, you may not know me at all. I’d like to change that, so if you see me around, wave hello, introduce yourself and start up a conversation. I’m always happy and looking to talk to locals and getting to know the community better.

Which brings me to my main point: If you saw the story on the front page, you know I’ve ended up in the editor’s role here.

Here’s a bit about me for background. I graduated from EWU last year. The most interesting experience I had at the school paper, without question, was flying down to Boise for the Big Sky Men’s Basketball Tournament the night before the whole shebang was shut down due to something known as “coronavirus.” I haven’t fact-checked this, but I believe the trip made me the last EWU student that wasn’t an athlete to travel on the school’s dime before everything shut down.

If you have any sports-related stories you think can top that, let me know. Sports are one of my biggest passions-especially basketball. I hail from Vancouver, Washington, which geographically and intrinsically turned me into a huge Portland Trail Blazers fan. Yes, I am still sad about Brandon Roy’s career.

One of my favorite Blazers memories was attending Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2016 against the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game, then-Clippers center DeAndre Jordan airballed two-straight free throws.

I’ve been in a lot of loud stadiums, like Autzen Stadium, home of the Oregon Ducks, and Husky Stadium in Seattle. I was in Pullman when the Cougs knocked off USC on a Friday night in 2017. But no stadium I’ve been in has been as loud as Portland’s Moda Center after Jordan’s two airballs.

I’m also a big fan of the Seahawks, EWU athletics and do enjoy following Gonzaga, despite the fact that they have no national championships in their main sport, something we Eagle fans can’t relate to. As you can probably tell, I greatly enjoy sports, and my sports writing tends to air on the sarcastic side if I’m writing about one of the aforementioned teams, so hopefully long-suffering Pacific Northwest fans can relate.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, hanging out with my girlfriend, enjoying the outdoors and exploring new areas. Davenport remains a relatively new area to me, so I look forward to seeing what Lincoln County can continue to surprise me with as I learn more and more what a great community this Highway 2 corridor between Davenport and Reardan really is.

So far, some of my most enjoyable experiences at The Times as a reporter have been attending media flights at Fairchild Air Force Base, telling stories of local war heroes and interacting with community members that matter—which, in short, is all of them. I’m looking forward to keeping that up.

I am very excited to be editor of The Times. Jamie Henneman did an admirable job as editor in six months to help make this a local paper again, and I’d like to continue that work to the best of my abilities.

Whether you have any story tips or ideas, want to ask questions about the news and journalism industry, or just want to chat, feel free to stop by when I’m in the office or shoot me an email any time.

Feel free, also, to add me on social media. You can look up my name on Facebook, friend request me and send me a message letting me know you’re a Davenport or Lincoln County local. You can find me on Twitter, as well, where I’m semi-active and attempt, but rarely succeed, to inject some humor or wit into a dark and drab world. My handle there is @lawsondrew5.

In short, I want to get to know the community more. You, the readers, are what make this paper possible, so I look forward to learning more about you and trying to bring you the community-focused paper you want and deserve.

Author Bio

Drew Lawson, Editor

Drew Lawson is the editor of the Davenport Times. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

Twitter: @lawsondrew5


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