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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. It is sent to alumni, faculty, and staff of Washington State University, as well as selected donors to the University.

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Staff

Larry Clark
Editor

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

John Paxson
Art Director

Designer, illustrator, art director, and creative director in agency, corporate, and educational settings for over 30 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

Rebecca Phillips
Writer

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

Brian Clark
Writer

Brian joined WSU in 2004, building websites for the Potato Research Program and other clients. Soon after, he joined the CAHNRS news team, where he wrote hundreds of news and PR stories. Brian was the founding editor of Voice of the Vine and Green Times. His stories on various aspects of agricultural science won numerous awards from CASE, ACE, and other organizations, and were frequently reprinted in national, trade, and regional magazines and newspapers. Brian served as a senior communications administrator under Pres. Elson S. Floyd before joining the Washington State Magazine staff in early 2016. Brian has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, and a master’s from the University of Idaho. He is the author of a novel and several collections of poetry, and was the editor and publisher of Permeable Press, once described as one of the most important independent publishing houses in the U.S.

Location

Washington State University, Information Technology Building Room 2013, Pullman, Washington 99164-1227

About the print magazine

Washington State Magazine is printed at a facility and on paper that is FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified, using soy-blended inks on 100 percent post-consumer-waste recycled paper. It is processed chlorine free. The paper is milled at a facility using 93% recovered biogas (remainder hydroelectricity)—using approximately 60% less water than the North American average. It has the lowest carbon footprint per metric ton in North America (no offsets used), and is UL certified for reduced environmental impact.

The magazine participates in the Better Paper Project, a national effort to increase the use of paper with higher amounts of recycled material.

Awards

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.