Oxley joins Herald staff; Stephenson pursues WWU degree

POULSBO — Richard D. Oxley is the North Kitsap Herald’s new Poulsbo beat reporter, succeeding Megan Stephenson, who is leaving to study for a master’s in anthropology at Western Washington University. Her last day is Friday, Oxley’s first day is Monday.

Oxley is transferring from the Bainbridge Island Review, a Sound Publishing newspaper where he worked for two years as a reporter covering the city and police beat.

Oxley graduated with a journalism degree from Portland State University. He was a reporter and editor of the university’s newspaper, the Daily Vanguard. He interned at the Portland Tribune. He won awards for breaking news reporting, column writing, opinion writing, and section editing from press associations in Washington and Oregon.

At the Herald, Oxley will report on city government, law and justice, and the ports of Poulsbo and Kingston, and will edit Kitsap Week, a Friday entertainment and calendar section included in the Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent. His email address is

Stephenson joined the Herald staff in September 2011, after two years as a reporter and editor of a newspaper on Molokai, Hawaii. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

During her time at the Herald, Stephenson won awards for feature writing and news writing. She reported on city government, law and justice, and the ports of Poulsbo and Kingston. She also served as the Herald’s social media editor; the Herald’s social media reach grew during her tenure.


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