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– Editor’s Note:
Michael Wagar marks his third anniversary at the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) this week.
While I did not agree with his newspaper’s seemingly rush to judgement in the misrepresentation of facts of area citizen Dr. Miceal Ledwith, his newspaper did follow-up with corrected details.
I acknowledge Wagar for what he has done to transform his newspaper since taking the helm at the NVN and for his public service on the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. His has not been an easy role in a community with so many polarizing issues.
After three years on the job here, Michael has certainly come to better know the “players” in our community and has become more seasoned in his approach. While this Blogger may have been seen as a thorn in the side of Mayor Harding and City Hall, a relationship which Wagar lampooned in his closing message of 2013, his newspaper has come a long in questioning city hall actions, as in last year’s White Horse Tavern debacle. And what a refreshing change in such frankness readers saw on the front page last week with this sub-title, “Newly Elected Councilor DePinto Says ‘I Don’t Want to Call Anyone Incompetent’”. Up until 3 new Councilors all ran campaigns and were overwhelming elected on platforms of Yelm open government, I have rarely seen the NVN be critical of the status quo at city hall in the 27+ years I have resided here.
Best wishes to Michael Wagar in his continued endeavors to evolve the Nisqually Valley as a better place for all through stories that create open conversation and dialogue.
– Wagar began February 20, 2013 as Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Publisher/Editor
“As the Nisqually Valley News new publisher and editor, Michael Wagar knows he has big shoes to fill.”
“The former executive editor of the NVNs sister paper, The Chronicle in Centralia, started his new job Wednesday [February 20, 2013],” quoting the NVN, Friday, February 22, 2013.
– Wagar continues to serve as Officer of WNPA
Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Publisher Michael Wagar was elected to the board of directors of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association at its 126th annual convention in October 2013.
Wagar is a Trustee and WNPA Journalism Education Committee Chair.