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Dillon returns as Reporter publisher

"Lifelong Kitsap County resident Mike Dillon recently was named publisher of the Central Kitsap Reporter, Bremerton Patriot, and Northwest Navigator, three Kitsap Newspaper Group publications.Dillon, 50, comes from a longtime newspaper family. His father was an executive with the Seattle Times. Dillon replaces former publisher Tom Morgan, who now works as advertising director of the Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star.Mike is the best possible choice to lead these three publications, said George Le Masurier, the president of the Kitsap Newspaper Group's parent company, Sound Publishing. He understands publishing, sales and marketing, and journalism equally. Just as importantly he understands the communities where these newspapers are published.Dillon was advertising manager of the Port Orchard Independent when the KNG bought that community newspaper in 1988. Dillon also was advertising manager of the Kitsap County Herald in Poulsbo and Bainbridge Review, as the KNG continued expansion in 1988. Dillon was eventually named publisher of the Port Orchard Independent in 1990, and also was publisher of the Central Kitsap Reporter.In 1992, Dillon began work as publisher of Pacific Publishing Company's Queen Anne and Magnolia News and Kirkland Courier. The Queen Anne and Magnolia News were consistently recognized for excellence by the Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association under Dillon's management.Dillon received numerous WNPA awards for feature writing and community involvement, including a first place award for best general news column.The Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll and Washington Law and Politics Magazine both recognized the Queen Anne and Magnolia News as Seattle's top community newspaper.I'm glad to be coming back home, Dillon said. Our mission is simple: To deliver to our readers the best community newspaper possible. We're doing fine, but we want to do even better.Dillon lives in Indianola with his wife and two teenage boys. "

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