Tom Corrigan joins Globe staff
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:45 AM
MARYSVILLE Meet the newest member of the Marysville Globes editorial staff, reporter Tom Corrigan.
A news veteran with nearly two decades of experience at community weekly newspapers, Corrigan is a recent transplant from the Cleveland area where he covered government, schools and people for 17 years.
Corrigan added a couple of years of graduate school to his bachelors degree in communications from Cleveland State University, studying English and creative writing, with thoughts of teaching.
In the end he found a better way to starve, joining the ranks of ink-stained writers in the newspaper business. At
The Globe he will cover city and county governments, as well as the Marysville and Lakewood school districts and other general assignment duties.
The payoffs are immense for the 44-year-old, who said he thrives on the variety of subjects and diversity of topics he gets to cover in the news business.
Youre doing different things everyday, Corrigan said.
His move to the Seattle area a couple of years ago came just days after his wedding; he exchanged vows on a Saturday and packed up the truck on Wednesday, since his wife has family in this area. While he remains a big Buckeyes fan, Corrigan admits that Puget Sound is much more beautiful than the industrial city where he was born and raised.
But the rust belt was ripe with interesting topics, including the start of several bio-tech companies with promising products. Once he interviewed a researcher who promised that if his products clinical trials were successful, he would be one the front page of the New York Times.
A year later, he was on the front page of the New York Times, Corrigan said. So it was nice to scoop the New York Times.
Once he got to sit in an operating theater and watch a new brain surgery technique; but he swears he didnt drop any Junior Mints during the procedure. It was a groundbreaking experiment to reduce the shaking palsy suffered by people with Parkinsons Disease. How did he ever get invited into the sterile work environment of a brain surgeon?
I guess they knew me, they trusted me, Corrigan shrugged, noting he had spent 15 years at the same paper and had built-up a reputation with his readers and sources.
He said he works hard to be fair and to include the essential information in every story he writes, but that he shies away from the controversial, inflammatory and confusing elements that many news organizations use to add sizzle to the story. Playing it straight is his game plan, he said.
Thats important because some of the small towns he covered had marathon meetings that would stretch into the wee hours of the morning, with clashing personalities obscuring the changes to ordinances and things that would actually affect the lives of his readers. Stick to the subject and get your facts straight has always been his M.O., he added.
Some of the politics in Cleveland were very interesting, Corrigan laughed.
As always, people are the constant thing that make his job interesting and the more interesting the people, the more interesting his job is. He recalled the tale of an Army Ranger who lost both of his legs in a parachuting accident, and convinced the Army to let him keep parachuting. It was more than a story, his tale was an inspiration and a pleasure to write about.
This guy is amazing, Corrigan said.
Editor Scott Frank said Corrigan brings years of experience and an avid interest in community journalism, with an easy, conversational tone to his prose.
In his spare time Corrigan likes to read and enjoys his aquariums, with many different fish. Right now he is trying to convert one of his freshwater tanks to salt, and its not going so well, he winced.
If you have any tales to tell Tom, please call him at the office at 360-659-1300 or email him at Tomc@marysvilleglobe.com.