Senior Writer Brian McLean joined the Seattle-Tacoma Cobras in February 2013. He's an award-winning journalist with honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Newspaper Association. He's been the managing editor for The Peninsula Gateway in Gig Harbor, Wash., since 2007, and The (Puyallup) Herald since 2011.
McLean's previous experience includes work as a sports reporter at The Olympian in Olympia, Wash., where he was responsible for covering nearly two dozen high schools and writing a weekly column, "Prep Focus." He also wrote occasional pieces about the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, including supplemental coverage of the Seahawks' run to Super Bowl XL in 2006. He went to The Olympian after 2 1/2 years as the sports editor at the Gateway, for which he covered Gig Harbor and Peninsula high school athletics and wrote a weekly column, "Sideline Banter."
McLean, 33, earned a bachelor's degree from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication in 2003 with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in sport management. While he was in Pullman, he was the managing editor of the school newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, and he contributed to both the (Spokane) Spokesman-Review and The Associated Press.
McLean got his start in the field at his hometown paper, The Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles, Wash., at the beginning of his senior year of high school in 1997. He covered prep sports, started a weekly Friday feature in the fall called "Two-Minute Drill" that previewed high school football games, and he compiled information each spring to document the Olympic Peninsula's best times and marks for prep track and field. He continued his work at the paper while he earned an associate of arts degree at Peninsula College, and he volunteered to be the play-by-play voice of the school's men's and women's basketball teams — one of his favorite jobs to date.
McLean played most sports as he grew up, but baseball quickly became his favorite. He helped the Port Angeles Roughriders place fourth in the 1997 AAA state tournament in Yakima, the best finish in school history, and as an adult, he's played in both the Roy Hobbs and Puget Sound Senior Baseball leagues.
He and his wife, Stacie, have a 3-year-old son named Mason, and they live on the Key Peninsula.
McLean can be reached by email at [email protected].