From criminal justice to journalism

New reporter looks forward to pursuing career in Federal Way

When I was officially offered a job as reporter for the Federal Way Mirror, I almost screamed in the middle of a Japanese restaurant. I am very thankful for this opportunity to pursue my passion for reporting and get to know the Federal Way community.

I recently graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), and I am excited to be joining the Mirror team as a news reporter.

I grew up in Washington for the most part, spending three years in Germany while my dad was in the Army. I was born in Olympia and spent most of my time reading when my mom wasn’t forcing me to play outside.

I shifted between career dreams a lot in high school, but finally settled on what seemed to be the perfect fit shortly before starting at WSU-Vancouver: a behavioral analyst for the FBI.

After my first year, I realized it was not the right path for me. I moved to WSU’s Pullman campus and switched to English, where my love of books and writing could be put to use.

I didn’t last long there either when I found out I’d rather read other’s stories than write my own. Shortly after this realization I discovered the Murrow College of Communication, and after speaking to an academic advisor, I fell in love. I began studying strategic communication and multimedia journalism, and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.

My senior year, I worked as a news reporter for the Daily Evergreen, WSU’s student newspaper, and discovered my passion for journalism. I continued pursuing my love of it by working as a freelance writer for the News Tribune after I graduated, and had other customer service jobs in the meantime.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or story ideas.

Haley Donwerth is a reporter for the Federal Way Mirror. She can be reached at hdonwerth@fedwaymirror.com or 253-336-5352.

More in Opinion

Mirror endorses candidates for 30th District

How you cast your vote will depend on which candidates’ values best match your principles.

Will council challenge Federal Way mayor on homeless issue?

Closing 27 homeless encampments in less than a year sends a bad message.

Learning can be challenging and rewarding

We learn all through our lives, formally and informally, and it is rarely easy.

Smith vs. Smith: Battle between Democrats

Voters will benefit far more by retaining Democratic incumbent.

Federal Way’s marketing message is right in front of us

Rather than aim at the business, why not tailor our approach to their employees?

Federal Way Municipal Court
Racial disparities and jury service in Federal Way

We all have a choice, a choice that is especially important for persons of color today.

Kids are dying to learn about sexuality

School should not be a place where lives are threatened, whether by gun violence, or by ignorant and vitriolic bullying that contributes to suicide.

Political forecast for Federal Way’s elected leaders

It is late summer, and insiders and activists spend much time on political speculation waiting for November.

Federal Way has become an economic ugly duckling

Can this city fill its vacant office buildings and attract a few high-end anchor corporations to re-establish a solid middle-class core?

Most Read