Meet Keizertimes’ new city reporter

My name is Charles Glenn, and my first job as your newest Keizertimes reporter is to introduce myself. I’ve been living in the Northwest for more than 30 years, primarily in the Beaverton area. My wife and I raised four daughters who are now either in college or starting new careers.

I originally hail from Amarillo, Tex., but I’ve lived and worked all over the world. 

I obtained my degree in history from Columbia College while serving in the U.S. Navy as a photojournalist and broadcast reporter at a NATO facility in Iceland as well as on board USS Tarawa (LHA-1) for two deployments to the Western Pacific and Red Sea. 

My final two years in the USN was as an editor and reporter for a weekly base newspaper at Naval Station Everett, Wash.

I grew up with an appreciation for traveling and exposing myself to different cultures and societies as well as watersports such as sailing, diving and snorkeling, so the Navy was a natural choice as a career and I enjoyed it immensely. From seeing Petra, Jordan up close to flying over the Baltic Sea in a P-3 Orion, I’ve already got a lifetime of treasured memories.

During my training and service as a Navy journalist, I discovered an ability to put people at ease and get to the important issues quickly, and that taking the time to listen to people with compassion and genuine interest can yield big results if your business is collecting news.

Family challenges and my youngest daughter’s medical issues prevented me from a full career and retirement in government service, but I was able to take those skills and apply them to the various industries I’ve worked in since, including disability insurance, military recruiting and retail sales.

You’ve been fortunate to have the skills of Joey Cappelletti here at Keizertimes for the past several months. I’ll be taking over for him in covering city government, the police department and crime in the Keizer area. I’m looking forward to getting out in the community and meeting as many of you as I can. I want to know what issues you care about, what things you want to read about, and how I can best serve you as a reliable source of information. I believe in presenting both sides of any issue I’m covering. I already know you don’t need my opinion, but I hope to convince you that you do need my skills to keep you well-informed about your city.

Feel free to give me a call at 503-390-1051 or email [email protected] if you have a story inquiry or just want to introduce yourself. I hope to meet you soon.