Bagby named new Journal editor

Cali Bagby has been named editor of the Journal of the San Juans. She will continue to publish the Islands’ Weekly on Lopez in addition to her new position.

Cali Bagby has been named editor of the Journal of the San Juans. She will continue to publish the Islands’ Weekly on Lopez in addition to her new position.

“Cali has been a tremendous asset to our newspapers, and I am so thrilled she is bringing her talents to the Journal,” said Group Publisher Colleen Smith Armstrong. “She has been interim editor for the past few months, and the Journal has grown under her leadership.”

Bagby originally came to the islands in 2011 as a reporter at the Journal and editor of the Weekly. She then moved on to become the assistant editor of the Sounder on Orcas in 2012.

Prior to coming to the islands, Bagby worked for nearly two years as an embedded journalist with a Medevac unit in Iraq and a Marine unit in Afghanistan. She also cut her reporting “teeth” on humanitarian issues in Bangladesh and Vietnam. In 2010 she co-documented a 2,000-mile bike trip from Colorado to Oregon for a Portland magazine.

“People often ask me how I found myself on the islands and there is no short story for that answer,” Bagby said. “I traveled for many years and experienced a lot of different situations, but at some point I felt compelled to stop moving and find a community. I love so many aspects of the island – from the richness of our parks and wildlife to the tight-knit community to the great arts surrounding us.”

Bagby will continue to live on Orcas Island and commute to San Juan Island.

If you have any news stories, ideas or comments, Bagby can be reached at 378-5696 or editor@sanjuanjournal.com.