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The Kent Reporter covers the city's geographic area of 29 square miles, including outlying unincorporated areas adjacent to city limits.

Kent is the sixth-largest city in Washington with a population of 119,000. As a culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, an exceptional school district, and nationally accredited police and fire departments.

In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing.


Your Community News Team

Polly   Shepherd Publisher, Regional Manager, South Division
Polly Shepherd
1-253-872-6600 (ext 1050)
Along with being the publisher of the Kent Reporter Polly is also the publisher of the newest member to the Sound Publishing Group, the Tukwila Reporter. She is also the Regional Manager for the Auburn, Kent, Renton & Tukwila regions. Polly is on the Kent Chamber Marketing Committee and also a member of the Kent Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.
Charles   Cortes Freelance photographer
Charles Cortes
Charles Cortes is a freelance photographer, videographer for the Kent Reporter, as well as other publications in the Reporter news group.
Mark  Klaas Regional Editor
Mark Klaas
253-872-6600, ext. 27-5050
Mark Klaas is regional editor of the Auburn and Kent Reporter. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering news, sports and community events. He previously worked for weekly and daily newspapers in Idaho, Oregon and California.
Heidi  Sanders Reporter, Schools, Education, Sports
Heidi Sanders
Heidi Sanders covers Kent schools and the community. Sanders has more than six years experience in journalism. She has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Ohio and Germany.
Steve  Hunter Courts, government reporter
Steve Hunter
253-872-6600, ext. 5052
Steve Hunter covers government, courts and general-feature assignments for the Kent Reporter.

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