With his first week on the job behind him, Nisqually Valley News reporter Steven Wyble is getting acquainted with his new surroundings.
A 2010 graduate from Eastern Washington University, Wyble holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Africana studies.
He landed his first reporting job in April 2011 at the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake.
With a year as a reporter under his belt, Wyble said he was looking to find a job closer to his family when the NVN job opened up.
Shortly after graduating from college, Wyble said he applied at several different locations, including the NVN, but landed the job at the Herald in Moses Lake.
“When (Assistant Editor) Megan (Hansen) e-mailed me a couple weeks ago asking if I was still looking for work, and I had been meaning to get back over here to get closer to family anyway, it just kind of worked out nicely,” he said.
Wyble grew up in Grapeview, which is about 30 minutes northeast of Shelton.
So far, Wyble said he is finding that the NVN is different than the Herald, which is a Monday through Friday daily newspaper.
He said his new position is exciting for him as it’s an opportunity to learn more about the industry and how different newspapers operate.
“I guess I like to learn, so I feel like it’s going to be a good learning experience and (I’ll) get to know the area,” Wyble said.
Wyble’s beats at the NVN include Rainier School District and Rainier City Council. He said he also covers education, which was one of his favorite topics at the Herald.
“I like education stories because I think there’s a lot of positive stories coming out of that,” he said. “Students do a lot of interesting things that help their communities and help them grow so they can be productive citizens after they graduate.”
“So I think those are the kind of stories (I like) to write.”
During his spare time, Wyble said he has many hobbies, including reading and teaching himself how to play guitar.
“I’m looking forward to learning more about the community, getting to know people and having the opportunity to tell people stories.”