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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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Larry Clark

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

Dave Wasson
Associate Editor

Writer and editor with extensive experience at daily newspapers. Raised in the Inland Northwest, his journalism assignments have taken him throughout the United States as well as to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He’s covered everything from politics, including the contentious 2000 presidential election, to state government, legal and military affairs and once got to pilot an F-18 jet fighter (for a few minutes anyway) during a demonstration flight with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

Rebecca Phillips
Science Writer

Science 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

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.


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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.


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.

Summer 2014 cover: Silver award from CASE Circle of Excellence | Spring 2014 “A Dose of Reason: Pediatric specialists advocate for vaccines”: Silver award, Best Articles of the Year, CASE regional | 2013: Grand Gold award for general interest magazine (>75,000 circulation), CASE regional | Fall 2013 “If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose”: Silver award, Best Articles of the Year, CASE regional | Summer 2013 “The Animal Mind Reader”: Gold award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Fall 2012 “The China Connection” illustration: Silver award, CASE regional | 2011: Grand Gold award for general interest magazine (>75,000 circulation), CASE regional | 2011: Photographer of the Year, Zach Mazur, CASE Circle of Excellence | Spring 2011 “The Song Is You” illustration: Silver award CASE Circle of Excellence | 2010: Silver award, Creative uses of technology and new media, “Coordinates”, CASE regional | Fall 2010 “Cultivated Landscapes” cover: Excellence in design | Fall 2010 “Cultivating New Energy”: Silver award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Spring 2010 “Desperately Seeking Sherman”: Gold award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Spring 2010 “You Must Remember This”: Silver award, Editorial design, CASE Circle of Excellence | Fall 2009 “Master Gardeners”: Bronze award, Individual articles, CASE regional | 2008: Silver award for general interest magazine (>75,000 circulation), CASE regional | Winter 2008 “Fine Specimens” cover: Gold award, CASE regional | Spring 2008 “The Home of My Family: Ozette, the Makahs, and Doc Daugherty”: Gold award for photo series, CASE regional | 2007: Bronze award for general interest magazine (>75,000 circulation), CASE regional | Summer 2007 cover illustration: Bronze award, CASE regional | Spring 2007 “Ray Troll—A Story of Fish, Fossils and Funky Art”: Gold award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Spring 2007: Silver award, periodical special issue “The Beauty of Evolution”, CASE regional | 2006: Periodical staff writing, gold award from CASE Circle of Excellence | Fall 2006: “The brave new world of college recruiting” illustration: silver award, CASE regional | Summer 2006 “Eating Well to Save the Sound”: Best articles of the year, bronze award, CASE Circle of Excellence | Spring 2005 “Where Water Meets Desert”: Bronze award, photography, CASE regional | Fall 2002 “Genetically modified foods—What’s in it for You?” illustration: Gold award, CASE regional | Fall 2002 “Genetically modified foods—What’s in it for You?”: Silver award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Summer 2002 “The Pull of Rowing”: Photo series, Robert Hubner, silver award, CASE regional | Summer 2002 “A Titan’s Tale”: Bronze award, Individual articles, CASE regional | Spring 2002 “Nurses to the Homeless”: Silver award, Individual articles, CASE regional