Cynthia Washicko joins CRBJ reporting staff

Cynthia Washicko
Cynthia Washicko

LONG BEACH — Cynthia Washicko is Coast River Business Journal’s new reporter, covering business and the economy in the Columbia-Pacific region.

Washicko will be physically based in Astoria and Long Beach, while also spending time in South Clatsop County, where she will report on Seaside and Cannon Beach from the Seaside Signal office.

“I moved to Long Beach about two weeks ago from Anaheim, CA after graduating from the journalism and political science programs at Cal State Fullerton in May,” Washicko said on Sept. 1.

“I got my start in journalism in high school, when an English teacher encouraged me to join the school paper, which was scrounging for writers,” she said. “After a bit of a learning curve transitioning from creative writing to news copy, I learned to love reporting and decided to pursue it further in college.”

Washicko then became involved with her campus paper, the Daily Titan, and eventually became one of the paper’s sleep-deprived news editors during her senior year. She also joined the staff of the campus magazine, Tusk, and became the publication’s’ managing editor for her final semester.

Inn Washington, D.C. over the course of two summers, Washicko spent three months apiece at U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Business Journal.

“My background isn’t all journalism, though,” Washicko said. “For three years I worked at a preschool and I spent my senior year of college working at a crane company.”

Washicko can be reached at 503-791-8802 or Message may also be left for her at the Chinook Observer, 800-643-3703, or the Daily Astorian, 800-781-3211.