Veterans’ writer, Whidbey News Group editor, takes over chamber

Sound Publishing’s loss will be Oak Harbor’s gain.

Kathy Reed, editor of the Whidbey Crosswind, was chosen as the new director of the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Reed will take over for Jill Johnson, who left the chamber after being elected as a county commissioner.

Reed’s coverage of veterans affairs appeared frequently in the South Whidbey Record as she covered the American Legion, VFW and Veterans Resource Center.

Before coming to Whidbey, Reed was the features editor at The Chronicle in Centralia, an events coordinator for an arts-and-crafts business in Kennewick and a TV news producer in Florida.

As the new chamber director, Reed will oversee a 50-year-old organization with four employees and 450 members.

“I’m looking forward to a new set of challenges,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people; that was the best part of my role as Crosswind editor.”

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