I had been on the job less than six months, and as the new sports editor for The Herald, I was just starting to get to know Puyallup.
I ventured out to do a story on one of the city’s most proud natives, Chris Egan, who at the time just started hosting a new show on Northwest Cable News, “Seahawks Fone Zone,” with former Puyallup High and University of Washington quarterback Brock Huard.
Egan embraced me when he learned how little I knew about Puyallup. I attended a taping of the show at the NWCN studio in Seattle and the gracious host even invited me out to his annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Bowl” football game in the following weeks.
It was there that I really experienced the bond folks from “the biggest city that starts and ends with a P” (as Egan loves to say) really have. At the Turkey Bowl were teams comprised of guys who went to school and played football at Puyallup High, as well as some Rogers High grads. It was like pretty much everyone knew each other.
I was amazed with the number of those in attendance who never wandered far from the area after graduating high school, opting instead to attend college locally and then come back and work in the community where they were raised.
After working as a television news and sports reporter in Nebraska and seeing my share of small town America, this was another refreshing thing to see: small town closeness in the midst of the larger region that makes up the South Sound.
That’s why it’s a great feeling for me after eight years to return to the newspaper that formally introduced me to the area. During my time with The Herald, I got to know many great people in the community. In addition to covering the high school sports beat, I also wrote stories about a local boxer, a Seattle Supersonics cheerleader, a stock car driver — interesting people doing amazing things, and all with a strong tie to Puyallup.
During my time as editor, I hope to bring readers more of those same great kinds of stories, in addition to contining to be a trustworthy source for news in East Pierce County. My door is always open and I’m always anxious to hear from readers. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’m also on Twitter: @gateway_Tyler.