After nine years of loyal service at the Lake County Examiner, reporter Ryan Bonham has chosen to leave to be closer to home and pursue other career opportunities.
With large shoes to fill, Jimmy Hall has been hired by the Examiner to fill the role of general news reporter.
A native of Sequim, Wash., Hall is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, where he was the assistant opinion editor with the UVU Review college newspaper. Hall majored in communications with a journalism emphasis and a minor in cinema studies.
“I just like writing, telling stories through the written word,” said Hall of his fascination with journalism. “Writing something that can impact another person, perhaps give them a new perspective, it helps me feel like I am using my talents to make a difference.”
Hall is the third of seven children. His mother is the director and choreographer for the Sequim High School drama program, where Hall was often involved in various dramatic productions during his childhood. His father does accounting work for the local Sequim hospital.
A member of the LDS church, Hall served a two-year Mormon mission in Virginia in the Richmond area and North Carolina prior to completing his college education. He married Taea Colton in August 2011, the couple recently relocating from Salt Lake City to Lakeview. Taea is a graduate of the University of Washington with a masters degree from Kaplan University. Jimmy Hall is a proud Eagle Scout, and enjoys playing guitar and watching films. He is an avid NFL football fan, his favorite team being the Seattle Seahawks.
In regards to joining the Lakeview community, Hall credits his wife with the footwork in getting them here.
“She was looking for jobs for me after graduation, we wanted to stay out west close to home, but not quite home,” said Hall. “She researched every single newspaper in Oregon and applied with the Examiner, one thing led to another and here we are.”
While still acclimating to life in Lakeview, so far Hall finds the climate similar to their former home in Utah and appreciates the friendliness of Lake County residents.
“While we’re sad to see Ryan go after so many years here, we’re looking forward to Jimmy bringing youthful enthusiasm to our staff and the Hall’s becoming key members of the community,” said Examiner G.M. Tillie Flynn.
While Bonham will miss Lake County, he appreciates the opportunity to have called Lakeview home for nearly a decade and encourages people to keep in touch with him via Facebook.
For more information contact the Lake County Examiner, located at 739 N. 2nd St. or 541-947-3378.