Meet The Bellingham Herald editorial board

Mark Owings and Julie Shirley are the permanent members of The Bellingham Herald's editorial board.

Owings has been president and publisher of The Bellingham Herald since 2010. He joined the paper in 1998 and was named chief financial officer in 2004. Owings was born in Portel, Brazil, moved to Woodland, Maine, at age 2 and then to Bellingham at age 13. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He and his wife, Ireneé, have three children. You can reach him at mark.owings@bellinghamherald.com.

Shirley has been executive editor of The Bellingham Herald since 2003 after serving as editor or managing editor at newspapers in California and Florida. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in journalism in 1979. Shirley also edits the opinion pages of newspaper and website. You can reach her at julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com.

We accept signed letters to the editor of 1,400 characters, including spaces, or less from Whatcom County residents by e-mail to letters@bellinghamherald.com or from our online form here. Full name, residence address and telephone number must be included for verification purposes. Writers are limited to one letter per month.

Whatcom County experts on topical local issues are invited to suggest Whatcom View columns to the editor. Please contact her by email at julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com. Columns are limited to 700 words.

The McClatchy Company is the third largest newspaper company in the United States, publishing 30 daily newspapers, including the News Tribune in Tacoma, the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., and The Olympian in the Washington State capitol. McClatchy purchased The Bellingham Herald in 2006 as part of its acquisition of Knight Ridder Inc., which had purchased The Herald from Gannett Company, Inc. in 2005.