Brian McLean is the new managing editor of the Peninsula Daily News’ Jefferson County office. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Brian McLean is the new managing editor of the Peninsula Daily News’ Jefferson County office. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

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PDN expanding coverage in East Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND — We’ve been here for decades. Now we want to get to know you better.

The Peninsula Daily News is expanding coverage in East Jefferson County.

“We already publish a daily edition for you,” said Publisher Terry Ward, “and now we are expanding our local news coverage even further.”

Joining reporter Jeannie McMacken at the PDN’s Port Townsend office is Brian McLean, managing editor for Jefferson County.

McMacken has been covering issues and events in East Jefferson County for the Peninsula’s daily newspaper for more than a year, while McLean has recently joined the team after working a short stint at the Port Townsend Leader.

McLean is a seasoned journalist, having led the Peninsula Gateway of Gig Harbor and The Puyallup Herald as managing editor and publisher.

Before that he worked as a sports reporter at The Olympian and the Peninsula Gateway. During his high school years, he worked part-time in sports at the PDN in Port Angeles.

“I’m proud of Sound Publishing and the Peninsula Daily News for its commitment and investment in community journalism,” McLean said. “There isn’t a better place to go to be informed on a variety of issues that directly impact residents of East Jefferson County.”

Together, McMacken and McLean will enhance coverage of breaking news, business, arts, government, the maritime industry, schools, sports and other aspects of this unique area.

We plan to add one more journalist to the team here at 1939 E. Sims Way, all focused on giving you accurate, concise news and colorful features daily.

We also aim to be the premiere Jefferson County news outlet online.

A Facebook page with posts directly related to Jefferson County news is now available at Of course, Jefferson County news also is included on the PDN website at and the older PDN Facebook page.

In addition to the increased local content, Port Townsend and Jefferson County businesses also will now have the ability to zone their advertising and deliver their marketing message to Jefferson County readers.

To provide you with the best service we can, we want to hear from you.

We have a dedicated email address for you. Tell us about your events, your business news, your news tips and ideas for good stories at [email protected]. This also is a dedicated email address for letters to the editor.

Soon we will publish dates for a series of listening sessions with the PDN publisher.

“Have a cup of coffee on us and give me your feedback on what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong and, most importantly, what you want to see published in your local daily newspaper,” Ward said.

The PDN also is increasing involvement in the Jefferson County community through more partnerships with local nonprofits and businesses.

To make sure you don’t miss a day of news, we are offering the Peninsula Daily News for $75 a year — 45 percent off the regular annual rate. Subscribers also get unlimited digital access to

The staff in Jefferson County can be reached directly at 360-385-2335. The publisher can be reached at 360-417-3500 or [email protected]; the executive editor is at 360-417-3530 or [email protected]; and the PDN managing editor is at 360-417-3531 or [email protected].

“As your daily local newspaper, we want to converse and collaborate with you,” Ward said.

So let us hear from you. Help us be your most trusted news source.


Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at [email protected].

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