Newcastle News publisher retires
February 6, 2014
Publisher Debbie Berto retired from her role at the end of January after nearly 41 years with Issaquah Press Inc.
She began at The Issaquah Press as an advertising account rep in 1973, took over management of the newspaper in 1976, when she was 24 years old, and was named publisher in 1981.
Berto introduced Sammamish Review as a monthly newspaper in 1992, Newcastle News in 1999 and SnoValley Star in 2008. Last year, she was named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame for her contributions through the newspapers and her community leadership.
The community celebrated Berto’s accomplishments with an Issaquah open house at Tibbetts Creek Manor Feb. 6.
General Manager Joe Heslet will oversee operations of the four newspapers and four websites that serve Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Snoqualmie and North Bend. Berto will continue as a member of the editorial board and in an advisory capacity during the transition.