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Michael Archbold

Reporter, Writer, Editor

Tacoma, WA

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I have worked in daily newspaper journalism as a reporter and editor for 40 years. I want to continue using my extensive writing and editing skills in the public or private sector to inform, educate and entertain. I would bring creativity, speed, accuracy and teamwork to any job.

Work Experience

News Reporter

The News Tribune
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Tacoma, WA
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March 2007 to April 2011

I was the primary general assignment reporter for the breaking news team that covers police, fire, natural disasters and daily breaking news. I also covered a number of suburban communities to include government news, schools and people features. 
I was a member of a four-person news team that covered the 2009 killings of four police officers in Lakewood, a suburban city next to Tacoma. Our coverage - both online and in the newspaper - won the annual President's Award from McClatchy Newspapers. 
In 2008, another reporter and I teamed up to look at train-pedestrian fatalities in our area over the past 30 years. It won the top news story award from the Washington Press Association. 
I also earned a top award this year from the Washington Press Association for my story on a mother in detention battling to stay in the U.S.

News Reporter/Editor/Columnist

King County Journal (now closed)
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Kent, WA
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April 1986 to March 2007

I began work as a copy editor and was promoted six months later to City Editor. I managed a staff of 10 reporters and directed coverage of local news, including for 20 years the search for the Green River Killer, a serial killed who killed 49 women primarily in King County. I later was a principal author on a book about the killer, Gary Ridgway. 
I was named the local columnist and served in that position for three years until the position was axed.. 
As a news reporter I covered a number of suburban cities, the state Legislature, the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation and its rise from poverty, forest fires and flooding.

Assistant City Editor

The Seattle Times
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Seattle, WA
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May 1983 to April 1984

I served as night city editor and supervised a half-dozen reporters. My primary job was to prepare the copy for the next day's edition and monitor police and community news.

Assistant City Editor

The Spokesman Review
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Spokane, WA
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June 1981 to May 1983

I began work as a copy editor and then was promoted to assistant city editor when the two newspapers in town merged. I was in charge of pre-aring the daily local news budget, editing local copy and assigned stories to staff as needed.

News Reporter

The Billings Gazette
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Billings, MT
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January 1980 to June 1981

News Reporter

The Bremerton Sun
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Bremerton, WA
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November 1976 to September 1979

News Reporter

The Daily Astorian
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Astoria, OR
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July 1973 to November 1976

News Reporter

The Daily News
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Port Angeles, WA
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February 1971 to July 1972

Education

BA in Journalism

University of Washington -
Seattle, WA

January 1963 to January 1968

Skills

Word processing, photography, research

Military Service

Service Country: United States

Branch: U.S. Army

Rank: 1LT

September 1968 to July 1970

I served as a press officer for Third U.S. Army headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. 
I served as a public information officer and an administrative officer for the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in South Vietnam.

Commendations:

Two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals