By Patrick Webb
Chinook Observer 

Keeping it in the family: Paper's new leaders pledge to expand connections


Last updated 8/2/2023 at 3:49pm

Patrick Webb, Chinook Observer

With the ownership of the Wahkiakum County Eagle remaining in the family, Jacob Nelson, left, and his husband Brandon J. Simmons have taken over leadership roles. They are working on enhancing operations while ramping up community engagement with residents of the third least populous county in Washington. Nelson works at Microsoft and Simmons plans to continue his theater career.

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Just two months after the death of beloved publisher Rick Nelson, the Wahkiakum County Eagle has new bosses.

They are his son Jacob and his husband Brandon J. Simmons.

Both are enthused about playing leadership roles while preparing for the retirement of Geri Florek, long-time production manager. She stepped up as acting publisher during Nelson's cancer battle.

The family will continue to own the paper. Jacob will continue to work for Microsoft as he lends his skills to the task; Simmons will continue his theater career, too.

"I have always been committed to continuing the legacy of keeping the paper and serving the community in the way it has done, connecting people in the community," Jacob said. "We are at the start of a journey to do that in a sustainable way.

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