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Southern joins Reporter as publisher

Andrea Southern - COURTESY PHOTO
Andrea Southern
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Originally from Jamaica, Andrea Southern is now getting a taste of the Northshore life.

The newly appointed publisher of the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter will be doing double duty with this publication and as publisher/sales manager with the Redmond Reporter, where she’s worked since 2007. She’ll surely be busy guiding the two Sound Publishing Inc. papers, and she’s up to the task armed with extensive experience in the newspaper and advertising fields.

“I’m committed to supporting the Bothell and Kenmore communities with continued, quality, local coverage and involvement,” Southern said.

Josh O’Connor, vice president of East Sound Newspaper Operations, Sound Publishing Inc., says he is “very pleased to have Mrs. Southern join the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter.

“Andrea is a dynamic leader that brings proven results to our business. In addition to being an excellent communicator, she is very strong in revenue and sales development. Andrea’s commitment to community will be a huge asset to Bothell and Kenmore.”

As publisher of the Redmond Reporter, she has guided the paper to success through many innovative and lucrative changes like the Green Pages and Bumper to Bumper special sections and the Who Am I? feature, which focuses on fun facts about prominent city figures. The Redmond Reporter won a number of Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) awards under her leadership, and she also fostered strong alliances with the city, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary. She hopes to forge a solid connection with those Bothell and Kenmore officials and groups, as well.

Southern moved to the United States to pursue a communications degree at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After graduation, she worked as a video editor in Los Angeles, but eventually shifted gears into management as a director at an advertising agency.

Due to her husband’s job at Boeing, she moved to the Seattle area and began working in classified sales at her local paper. She quickly advanced to outside sales where she excelled and won a number of WNPA awards.

When she is not working, Southern enjoys spending time at home in Sammamish with her husband and two kids or vacationing in the Caribbean.

She can be reached at (425) 483-3732, ext. 3050; (425) 867-0353, ext. 3050; and asouthern@bothell-reporter.com.

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