This site was built to showcase some of my work as a professional journalist. All content is owned by the newspapers for which I worked. To the extent possible, I have provided links to the original source on the websites where it first appeared.
About Les Bowen
I was born to a middle class family outside Salt Lake City, Utah. In high school, my extracurricular activities were yearbook and newspaper, where I focused on design and pagination.
My college coursework at College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah, (now part of Utah State University) was in journalism and mass communication. It was there I wrote my first journalism. I wrote news, features and opinion. And I still designed. When my college newspaper needed a website, I built it.
After college, I took a job as a reporter at the local twice-weekly newspaper, the Sun Advocate. I worked with an amazing staff. We wrote exceptional news, won awards and even had some fun at it. When the company bought another newspaper, I was tapped to be editor of the Vernal Express in Vernal, Utah. My first editor position was tough. I learned a lot, but ultimately left following disagreements with the publisher about the management and direction for the newspaper. My career has since led me north central Washington state, where I was editor of the Lake Chelan Mirror and Quad City Herald; and to upstate New York, where I was editor and later general manager of the Genesee Country Express. I now work at The World in Coos Bay, Oregon, where I am the newspaper’s first digital editor.
I blog at blog.lesbowen.com.
I currently live in Coos Bay with my wife Heather and a brood of pets.