Polly Shepherd, Regional Publisher of the Kent and Covington – Maple Valley Reporter is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Klaas as Regional Editor of the Kent Reporter and the Auburn Reporter. Mr. Klaas will assume his new editorial responsibilities as of Monday, March 5th, 2012.

Mark Klaas, editor of the Auburn Reporter, is an award-winning journalist who has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 25 years.

He previously worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Idaho, Oregon and California before moving to the Puget Sound in 1993. He also worked in the sports department at the former King County Journal Newspaper before taking his current position at the Auburn Reporter in 2007.

Mark lives in King County with his wife, Sara, and children, Derek and Elizabeth.

Based in Washington State, Sound Publishing newspapers, classified publications, and partner newspapers serve western Washington and western Oregon communities. Sound’s expansive household distribution blankets the entire Greater Puget Sound region, extending northward from Seattle to Canada, south to Salem, Oregon, and westward to the Pacific Ocean.