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Editors team up to lead magazine as founder retires

steury-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Magazine assistant editor Larry Clark and associate editor Hannelore Sudermann will take the reins of WSU’s flagship publication when founding editor Tim Steury retires at the end of December.

A reception to honor Steury’s 23 years of service to the university will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Lewis Alumni Centre. Please RSVP to Larry Clark at

Steury, left, in an article he wrote for the fall 2004 issue of Washington State Magazine.

The quarterly magazine goes to alumni, donors, faculty, staff and state officials. All issues and exclusives are online at

Steury started with the WSU News Service in 1990 and later became editor of Universe magazine, which highlighted WSU research and scholarship. In 1997 he launched “Ask Dr. Universe,” a popular question-and-answer science column for children that was syndicated in 30 newspapers around the region.

He helped found Washington State Magazine, the successor publication to HillTopics and Universe, in 2001. The magazine has won national awards as it told the stories of WSU research, alumni, history and people.

Clark will become managing editor and Sudermann content editor. Art director John Paxson and science writer Eric Sorensen will continue with the magazine, joined by new science writer Nick Deshais. Deshais is also heading up the rebirth of “Ask Dr. Universe.”

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