Beacon strengthens its hand, expands staff

Sep 18, 2013
Photo by: Paul Archipley The Beacon has welcomed three top professionals to its ranks in recent weeks. Helping improve the paper in several departments are, from left, sports writer Megan Managan, graphic artist Debbie Magill, and advertising coordinator Jennifer Barker.


As the dust begins to settle in the newspaper industry, and it remains obvious that people more than ever want to know what is going on in their own community, the Beacon is stepping up its game.

It has added three professionals in three departments – the newsroom, advertising sales, and production.

Sports writer Megan Managan

As we ease out of the recession, we’re especially keen on providing the news that our readers want – in this case, youth sports.

Publisher Paul Archipley said award-winning journalist Megan Managan will help fill an important hole that has been missing in the Beacon in recent years.

“As the community newspaper, we’re focused on bringing our readers the stories that matter to them,” Archipley said. “That, of course, includes youth sports.

“Megan brings years of experience covering local sports, and we encourage readers to send her tips and leads as she gets to know the community better.”

"I'm very excited to bring more sports coverage to the local area,” Managan said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and learning about the stories there are to share."

Before joining The Beacon, Managan spent four and a half years as the sports editor and photographer for the weekly newspaper the Mercer Island Reporter.

During her time there, she also worked as the sports editor for the Kirkland Reporter newspaper.

Prior to joining the Reporter staff, Managan was a reporter for the Lake Chelan Mirror in Chelan, Wash.

Managan graduated from Washington State University with her bachelor's degree in journalism in 2007. She served as the editor-in-chief for the WSU yearbook The Chinook and wrote for the Daily Evergreen, the campus newspaper.

Managan grew up outside of Bellingham, Wash., and nows lives in Shoreline.

When she isn't writing or taking pictures of sports, Managan can usually be found watching sports – specifically the Cougs and the Canucks – and has a fondness for the Olympics after getting a chance to cover the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Readers can email game scores, story ideas and other sports-related items to Megan Managan at and follow her on Twitter @meganmanagan.

Advertising Coordinator Jennifer Barker

Of course, the Beacon is also an excellent vehicle for local businesses that want to reach customers in their community.

To better provide quality service to our advertisers, the Beacon has brought in Jenn Barker, whose resume includes years of multi-tasking, organization and design skills.

A graduate of Lake Washington Tech, Barker worked in several positions that required customer service skills, including 15 years with Lance Mueller & Associates where she started out as a receptionist and worked her way up to become a Commercial Architectural Drafter.

She left that position three years ago to become a full-time mom to her three children.

But she continued to make use of her multi-tasking and organizational skills, working in a variety of volunteer positions at her children’s school, including: room parent in the classroom; PTA Holiday Affair; Yearbook; Auction room parent; Staff Appreciation; Art Docent lessons; PTA board secretary; and Yearbook Committee chair.

She also worked part-time from home in a craft assembly job.

But as her children have grown and become less dependent on her, Barker has felt the itch to get back into the business world.

“The kids are in school full time now, and this opportunity came up for me to become the Advertising Sales Coordinator,” she said.

“So I’m taking my multi-tasking, organization and design skills to use in my new job.”

“It’s a perfect fit for us,” Archipley said. “Jenn’s skills mean our sales team is much stronger and better able to give our clients the kind of service and attention they need and deserve. We’re very happy to have her aboard.”

Clients can reach Barker at 425-347-5634 or

Graphic Artist Debbie Magill

Readers may be noticing improvements in the Beacon’s look these days, thanks to the talents of Debbie Magill.

Magill brings to the Beacon 27 years of graphic design experience, including 19 years with the Herald in Everett.

She is adept at ad design, special sections, color correction of photographs, newspaper layout, and all the other graphics skills that go into modern newspaper production.

Magill got her start in 1986 in Helena, Mont., back in the days when newspapers were still a layout and paste-up operation.

Even then, however, computers were beginning to change the publishing world, and Magill was quick to see the trends.

She became skilled on the Macintosh – the preferred computer in the graphics world – and, when she arrived at the Herald in 1990, she was in on the changes that saw hot wax give way to Quark and, later, InDesign, Photoshop and other software programs.

At the Herald, Magill served in a variety of positions that gave her the broad-based skills she now is putting to use at the Beacon.

“We’re lucky to have landed Debbie,” Archipley said. “In a matter of days she learned our system and began implementing improvements that are showing up weekly in the Beacon.

“As the economy continues to improve, we look forward to Deb helping us turn out quality publications that will appeal to our readers and clients alike.”

When she isn’t overseeing the Beacon’s graphic arts and production operation, Magill is a diehard fan of the Seahawks and, yes, the Mariners.

“Yes, tragically, I remain a Mariners’ fan,” she said. “I watch them religiously, losing or not.”

Magill also dabbles in photography when she isn’t mothering her dogs and cats.

At the Beacon, she can be reached at 425-347-5634 or

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