Washington State Magazine tells the stories of Washington State University, the state, and WSU alumni. We connect readers to innovative research, fascinating people, and thought-provoking topics—not just at Washington State, but throughout the state of Washington.
WSM is published quarterly (February, May, August, and November) by the Board of Regents of Washington State University. The February, August, and November issues are sent to all alumni, faculty, and staff of Washington State University, as well as selected donors to the University. The May issue is exclusively for members of the WSU Alumni Association, faculty, and paid subscribers.
Writer, editor, and communications professional at magazines, nonprofits, state government, and corporations for over 20 years. He graduated from WSU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, and a second bachelor’s degree in Asian studies. After teaching in Japan, Larry worked as a technical editor, project manager, policy analyst, communications director, college instructor, writer, and editor. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Asian studies. Larry returned to WSU in 2008 as assistant editor and web editor for Washington State Magazine, and became managing editor and then editor after founding editor Tim Steury’s retirement in 2013. Favorite quote: “I never knew a really great writer who cherished his phrases or was afraid of losing a few of them.” —S.S. McClure, editor of McClure’s Magazine, 1893-1912
Adriana joined WSU in 2019 after two decades in newspaper newsrooms throughout Washington state — from the Olympic Peninsula to Eastern Washington. She was the food editor at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane prior to coming to Pullman. Adriana has taught feature writing and beginning journalism at several colleges and universities, most recently Whitworth and Gonzaga. She’s contributed to the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Fodor’s Pacific Northwest travel guides as well as the in-flight magazines for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Seattle University and a master’s degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California, where she was an Annenberg Fellow.
Designer, illustrator, art director, and creative director in agency, corporate, and educational settings for over 35 years. Ten of those years were in Seattle where his design studio contracted with a long list of Northwest publications, public and private media, and businesses and nonprofits. He has won numerous design awards including a “Designer of the Year” award from CASE, and has been a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Society of Publication Designers (SPD), and University and College Designers Association (UCDA). Favorite quote: “There is no recipe for good layout. What must be maintained is a feeling of change and contrast…be simple with good photographs…perform acrobatics when the pictures are bad.” —Alexey Brodovitch
Writer with an extensive background in wildlife biology, veterinary medicine, and communication. As an undergraduate, she studied field biology throughout Mexico and later received a fellowship to Kenya where she took part in wildlife research. She returned to WSU for her DVM and went on to establish and operate the Colton Veterinary Service. She also received a degree in visual communication from the University of Idaho. Rebecca joined WSU in 2000 and has since written and produced news stories, features, and videos covering everything from antimatter and supervolcanoes to sleep and salmon habitat recovery. She has been a member of the National Association of Science Writers since 2007. She is also FEMA certified in “Health and Hospital Emergencies” and is a member of the Washington State Veterinary Reserve Corps. Favorite quote: “Tell me a story.” —Don Hewitt, 60 Minutes
*As of October 2022, Becky has retired from her position with the magazine and the university. We thank her for all her great writing for us and wish her the best in all her new pursuits!
A Baltimore native, she moved to Pullman to study at WSU, graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. As a student, she was a reporter and editor for the Daily Evergreen and later worked as a writer, editor, and columnist at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. She freelanced for WSM and Spokane FāVS before joining WSU’s content creation staff in 2020. Favorite quote: “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” —John Steinbeck, East of Eden, 1952
Since its inception, Washington State Magazine has garnered recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement through alumni relations, communications, marketing, and fundraising.