Behind the Scenes at the Voice

Meet four Port Ludlow Voice staff members who have recently accepted editor positions:

Photography Editor: Brian Jennings. The new photo editor grew up just north of Spokane and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in communications and minors in business and English. Having worked at the campus radio station, he continued his radio career in Spokane, Portland, and Seattle; then served as vice president of programming for Citadel Broadcasting for 14 years. At the same time, he ran his own radio consulting company for 23 years. He became serious about photography in 2014 when he was working for an outdoor conservation group in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. At that time, he produced TV segments that required professional outdoor photography. Jennings said he loves to travel and take road trips with his wife Karen. They moved from Oregon to Port Ludlow in 2019 and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Of his Voice work Jennings said, “I love finding front cover photos that tell a story and put a smile on the face of the reader.” Additional samples of his work can be found at brianjenningsphotography.com.

Until recently, Jay Syverson served as the Voice cover photographer and photo editor for more than three years. Syverson will be missed at the Voice, but you might encounter him wearing one of his other local “hats.” He will continue operating concert video equipment for PLPA, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and participating in T37 radio-controlled sailboat competitions.

Features & Stories Editor and SBCA & Bay Club Editor: John Goldwood. Starting life on a family farm in Ohio, Goldwood spent his young school years in a small town in northern Illinois. After earning a scholarship and graduating from the University of Puget Sound, he settled in western Washington. Following a brief residence in Alaska and six years in Southern California, he retired from his career implementing health-information technology solutions for hospitals, clinics, and private-physician practices. Goldwood and his wife Kristi moved to Port Ludlow in early 2019, having been drawn by the easy access to kayaking as well as local and nearby Olympic Mountain trails. He said the area’s natural beauty inspires him to pursue his joy of nature photography. Goldwood first met staff of the Voice at a newcomer event at the Bay Club and started proofreading about a year later. During recent changes in staff, he volunteered to take on dual roles of features & stories editor and SBCA and Bay Club editor.      

North Bay Editor: Linda Johnson. Having lived in Southern California until 2018, Johnson now resides in a North Bay house that was built by her mother. Her brother and sister also live in this area. Her bachelor’s degree is from California State University Northridge, where she also earned a master’s in environmental/occupational health science. She started out as a medical technologist at a private lab and later worked in environmental health-related fields. A certified scuba diver, she has explored the waters of California, Mexico, Hawaii, Indonesia, Florida, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Johnson has done rescue and fostering of cats, as well as therapy-dog work at libraries and hospitals. She is now a volunteer at Center Valley Animal Rescue. A woman of many interests, Johnson enjoys sailing, international travel, skiing, swimming, reading, cooking, and growing fruits and vegetables with her husband Chuck. She is also on the board of the Port Ludlow Pickleball Association. In her new Voice position, Johnson said she “looks forward to meeting new people and writing about beautiful Port Ludlow.”

News Editor: Marie Bogan. This new editor grew up on the coast of New Jersey and later moved to Vermont, where she admits to living the hippie life. She and her young family grew their own vegetables, heated their house solely with a wood stove, drew water from a well, and kept horses and other animals in their barn. Bogan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Vermont and as a marketing copywriter for a software company in Seattle, where she lived for 20 years. Her passions include social justice and environment issues, books, bird watching, and sea kayaking. Upon moving to Port Ludlow in 2017, she and her husband Ernie entered the former Snug Harbor Café, where she picked up a copy of the Voice. “I was impressed that a small group of volunteers could produce such a high-quality publication,” Bogan said. “I knew that I wanted to be part of the team that makes it happen.”

Previously holding the two above positions was Maria Escobar-Bordyn, who started as a Voice proofreader in 2018 and became news editor the following year. She then added responsibility for LMC and Beach Club news—a “temporary” agreement that lasted well over a year. Escobar-Bordyn successfully juggles her busy consulting business and many family obligations. “I’m very, very sad to give up my Voice work,” she said. “I’ve loved doing it.”

The new editors look forward to working with community members and organizations. They welcome your questions, comments, articles, or story ideas. You can contact the Voice at editor@plvoice.org.