The Northern Light welcomes new editorial staff


Point Roberts Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Lazenby as editor of The Northern Light and Grace McCarthy as reporter. 

Lazenby started at The Northern Light as a reporter in 2016 and has since covered education, Whatcom County government, Birch Bay and many other beats in northwest Whatcom County. He previously worked as editor of Mount Baker Experience magazine, as a reporter and editor at the Bellingham Business Journal and as a reporter at the Ellensburg Daily Record. 

McCarthy started as an editorial intern at The Northern Light in January, where she began learning all of the facets that make Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo unique communities. 

She will graduate from Western Washington University in June with a bachelor’s degree in journalism before transitioning to a full-time role as reporter for the paper. Prior to The Northern Light, Grace interned at Austin Monthly Magazine and served as editor for The Western Front, WWU’s campus newspaper. 

Previous editor Jami Makan, a former B.C. attorney, is moving back to Canada with plans to resume practicing law. 


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