By The Staff of The Chronicle
The staff of The Chronicle are delighted to announce the promotion of former staff photographer Jared Wenzelburger, who will now serve as regional photo editor for CT Publishing, working with The Chronicle and sister newspapers Nisqually Valley News at Yelm and The Reflector at Battle Ground.
A graduate of Centralia High School, Wenzelburger began working for The Chronicle as a freelance photographer after a job shadowing at age 17. Now 23, he is one of the youngest staff members in Chronicle history, experienced enough to earn editor status.
“He became staff because we could no longer afford to buy his photos on a mission-by-mission basis,” said editor Eric Schwartz, noting the abundance of quality photos Wenzelburer submitted. as a freelancer. “In the years since, he has been at the center of every fire, flood, train derailment, accident, river rescue and Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting in the greater Lewis County area. he deserves this promotion is an absolute understatement.
The new role ensures regional use of photos by Wenzelburger, who already travels across Southwest Washington on a variety of assignments. The photo editor cut his teeth at The Chronicle during the Scatter Creek fire in Rochester in 2017. Since then he has continued to provide extensive coverage of local issues.
An award-winning photographer by the Society of Professional Journalist, Wenzelburger’s work has been shared by Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Seattle Times, the New York Post, and many other national media outlets.
“He’s an incredibly important part of our operation that I’m proud to work with,” Schwartz said. “He’s the hardest working guy I know and, more than that, he’s a pleasure to be around and a joy to work with.”