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Mirror hires new publisher, editor

A new editor has been named at the Federal Way Mirror, and a new publisher will join the paper next month.

Debbie Kaufman will assume the publisher and sales manager duties April 1, replacing Vance Tong, who has left to pursue other interests.

Kaufman’s 18-year career in newspapers has included serving as retail advertising manager for the Bellingham Herald and advertising manager for the Sequim Gazette. Her most recent position was as advertising director for Enterprise Newspapers in Lynnwood.

A longtime Washington resident, Kaufman was born in Utah.

Pat Jenkins became the Mirror’s editor Feb. 25. He replaced Linda Tarr, who left in January.

Jenkins spent the past two years as editor of The Garden Island, a daily newspaper on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Previously, he was editor of the Port Orchard Independent, part of the Sound Publishing group of community newspapers that includes the Mirror.

He’s a Washington native, born in Pierce County, and has worked for newspapers in King, Pierce and Kitsap counties during his 25-year career in publishing.

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