Sebastian Moraga, a former sports editor for the Quincy Valley Post-Register from 2016 to 2019, is the newspaper’s new editor.
Moraga’s first day was Wednesday, Aug. 11. He comes back to Quincy after a short stint as communications manager for a Mercer Island-based nonprofit, End of Life Washington.
“Quincy was so good to me the first time around that having this opportunity really feels like a blessing,” he said. “getting to come back to a community I know and to work with people I know makes the transition to a new job a great deal easier.”
Moraga is a graduate of Washington State University and has a master’s degree from the University of Washington. He started as a journalist in 2003 with the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake and besides a three-year stint from 2010 to 2013 in Snoqualmie, has spent his entire journalism career east of the Cascades.
He first landed in Quincy in 2016 after a year as dual editor of the Lake Chelan Mirror and the Quad City Herald.
He has also worked in Cashmere and Wenatchee as a journalist, winning the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Feature Writer of the Year award in 2010.
He lives in Cashmere with his wife and their two children, the oldest of whom kept lobbying him to take the Quincy job, just so he could come back and root for the Jacks.
“My daughter also has a vested interest; she loves that mascot,” Moraga said. “And the Ephrata tiger scares her.”
Asked what his plans were for the newspaper under his watch, Moraga said he wanted to start producing more local content, and letting the paper be more visible among the community.
“We are a small staff, but that should not keep us from producing content that the community can feel proud of,” he said.
He did not specify whether he plans to cover events while babysitting a canary, as he did at state tennis in 2017, or whether he plans to get himself trapped in an empty Quincy locker room, like he did in 2018. Then-athletic director Kaycie Tuttle got him out.
Moraga replaces Miles King, who took a job as the new marketing coordinator for Samaritan Healthcare.