A little more change here | Editorial

Change is the only constant.

So, let me tell you about the latest change around here: we have a new assistant editor.

Except, this isn’t really a change at all.

Hi, my name is Kris Hill, and I’m now the assistant editor of the Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter.

I’m smirking a bit as I write this. Anyone who knows me at all is not surprised.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be promoted, for the recognition of my hard work but on the flip side it’s also a bit amusing.

Whenever someone is promoted within Sound Publishing an email is sent out to everyone to inform employees.

Two were sent out not too long ago announcing changes that indirectly affected me — Regional Editor Dennis Box left the Kent Reporter to take on the Enumclaw and Bonney Lake papers while Auburn Editor Mark Klaas became Regional Editor, taking on the responsibility for the Kent paper, as well.

Within those all-company emails is always some information about how the person whose title has changed came to Sound Publishing and some other basic biographical details.

I was promoted officially on March 8 and as of the time of this writing, I haven’t seen an all-company email, but it will come eventually.

If I were to write it, though, it might read a little something like this.

Kris Hill has been appointed assistant editor of the Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter.

She started the newspaper in September 2005 after working as a sports and business writer for the Kent, Renton and Auburn Reporters the previous two and a half years.

Hill grew up in Bellevue, having graduated from Interlake High before spending two years at Gonzaga University, then graduated with a communications degree from the University of Washington in 2000.

She lived in Las Vegas for two and half torturous years while her husband, Jason, finished his business degree at UNLV. They returned to the Northwest in late 2002. It took them about 24 hours to high tail it out of Nevada and pull into the driveway of her in-laws’ house in Bellevue in December. They missed the rain and the trees.

In 2004 Hill and her husband moved to Maple Valley. Living in the community played a part in landing the job at the Covington-Maple Valley Reporter when it came time to start it.

Over the past six and a half years it’s been quite a roller coaster ride but she is ready to take on this next step in her journalistic journey.

But, if you really knew me, you’d know I never set out to be an editor. My goal while in college was to be a beat writer for the WNBA then eventually write for Sports Illustrated.

Change is constant, however, and life is unpredictable. Turns out I’m far more versatile than I ever would have guessed when I was a junior at the University of Washington when I applied to the School of Communications.

Here I am, in a leadership position, essentially running the paper.

Of course, all of you who read regularly and know me are aware I’ve really been in charge since Dennis came along, I just let him think he was the boss.

Were I sending an email or text message to Dennis on his non-smartphone I would add a winking emoticon here to indicate sarcasm — it goes well with the smirk.

I have loved most of the time I’ve been on the job here, though there have been times where I’ve felt like I was stuck upside on the roller coaster, and I hope to continue putting out a newspaper I’m proud to put my name on every week.

This has been a great place to live, to raise my daughter Lyla and to work.

If you really, really knew you would know there have been days I’ve had doubts about this job, about my value here, about my ability to get this newspaper to the press on time and my ability to be a leader.

Today, though, nearly 24 hours after I was promoted I feel confident I can do this because in many ways I have been for the past year.

Now the training wheels are off.

And, while change may be the only constant, this change isn’t really much of a change at all.

For that I am thankful.


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