Editorial Board

Are you interested in serving on The Olympian's editorial board?

Two members of the community are selected to serve on the board every six months. Interested community members submit applications to The Olympian. The editorial board provides the official voice of the newspaper through daily editorials.


Four people serve on the board, and all have an equal say in shaping the newspaper's official editorial position.

Editorial Page Editor Brad Shannon and Executive Editor Dusti Demarest are the two permanent members of the board. They are joined by two community representatives who sit in on every editorial board meeting, ask questions of guests, review draft editorials before they are published and bring suggestions for editorials to the board. They serve one-year terms.

On occasion, community members even write the first draft of an editorial.

For most of the year, the editorial board meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Usually we have guests – elected officials or community leaders – who share information about issues of importance in South Sound.

Guests might be city council members updating the board about community planning or construction projects, or the governor sharing his budget priorities for the legislative session.


After the guests leave, board members discuss editorial topics and positions the newspaper will take on those issues. It's a simple, democratic process.

At the end of their service, citizen representatives say they know much more about the people and issues of South Sound and the internal workings of the newspaper.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should send a self-nomination.

Tell us why you want to serve on the board and what you would bring to our deliberations.

Send self-nominations to Editorial Board, The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia WA 98506 or email us at news@theolympian.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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