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Spalding - Writer - Moses Lake, WA 98837, USA

Judy Spalding

Moses Lake, WA 98837, USA


As a life-long writer (and I do mean "life-long" since I started writing in the 6th grade where my teacher told me I would be a writer) I have written for newspapers and magazines and wrote a book for the Moses Lake Conservation District.
I have written poems, songs and short stories in my youth, and packed my guitar everywhere.
I assisted a writer as his copy editor when he created a book on photography from early Grant County in Washington state.
I started taking pictures when my local newspaper hired me to write a weekly page on high school events and people. I later got my first Canon 35mm camera as I started college. I was editor of my community college newspaper and named it.
Later at Eastern Washington University I was part of the first class of journalism students who had classes in downtown Spokane. Our teachers were editors, reporters, attorneys, photographers and the head of the program, Patrick McManus, became a well-known outdoor adventure writer.
After I graduated I was married to a farmer, and worked for a local newspaper offering news from that area that did not have a newspaper.
After a divorce I returned to college to update my computer experience including PageMaker. Eventually I became a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, the same one I had worked for one summer in college. I had relieved the editor on vacation for a month, and the rest of the summer I wrote articles for that newspaper's agriculture paper.
Today I am looking for a book subject.



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I have over 45 years of experience as a writer, reporter and a photographer. When I was not working for a newspaper or magazine, I was involved in public relations for such jobs as farmer's market manager, senior center, and antique store. I was hired as a contractor for a conservation district to write their history book, and completed it March 2013.

Work History


Moses Lake Magazine

Last summer the Columbia Basin Herald hired me for one month to go around the Moses Lake area and take pictures of any thing that was going on in July. Events like July 4th, car shows, museum classes, tennis lessons, fishing, and family activities.

Author of book

Moses Lake Conservation District

I was contracted to write a history book for the Moses Lake Conservation District. Through interviews with past and present conservation workers and board, through two 4-drawer files of history and over 2,000 slides I created a book. All pagination and design was through my own skills. Presently looking to do another book for business, organization or family.

Newsletter designer/Reporter

Media Consultant

ProGene Lab Research

ProGene is a seed company that has seed sold all over the world. Many of my stories were done over the phone, and I met with many seed breeders from places like New Zealand. I was the company's media provider for a few years..

Free-lance writer/photographer

Western Ag Reporter

This monthly magazine was short-lived, but was in direct competition for the Basin Business Journal. So there was a little bit of a conflict.
It was a good publication, but the owner died.


A & L Supply

, Othello WA
❖ Assistant to manager of 17 Washington Fruit & Produce Orchards.
❖ Assistant and bookkeeper for studio photographer.
❖ Store designer for antique store.
❖ Assistant for Grant County Water Conservancy Board from 2002 - 2011.
❖ Manager of local farmer's market for five years.
❖ Assistant for local real estate appraiser.
❖ Receptionist/newsletter designer for Moses Lake Senior Center

Free-lance writer/photographer

Capital Press

I worked as a free-lance writer/photographer for the Capital Press. This paper covers 5 states of agriculture news. My stories on farmers, businesses and farm families many times made the front page. I would still be there if they hadn't changed their news format.

Advertising sales

For Goodness Sake

I sold ads for magazine For Goodness Sake in the Othello WA area.

Copy Editor

Basin Business Journal

In 2000 I was hired as a free-lance reporter for this ag magazine. I covered the Columbia Basin with stories and pictures based on events and personal features.

Copy and Photo Editor

for the book "The Columbia Basin: A Photographic Perspective"

News clerk substitute

Columbia Basin Herald

At 16, I was hired by the CBH to write and photograph for a weekly page about my high school. I was also an intern there during high school.
Eventually, I worked as a free-lance writer for that newspaper when the town I lived in had no paper.
Years later I was the editor's assistant for a time.
Still later I was the copy editor for a published book the CBH created.
In 2013 I took pictures for the Moses Lake Magazine also published by that paper.

Photo assistant/bookkeeper

Sweet Memories Photography Studio

At Sweet Memories I assisted the studio photographer in setting up props and scenes. I was also her bookkeeper.

Free-lance writer/photographer

The Basin Business Journal

I was a free-lance writer for this ag magazine, starting in 2000. I quit a few times due to other work, but basically most local people will remember me from that magazine.

Free-lance writer/photographer

Goodness Sake, The Venue

This magazine is no longer published, but it was a good magazine since it concentrated on the "good" things about people. For a time in addition to writing for them I also sold ads.

Photographer for Othello Chamber

Commerce web page and travel brochures

I spent several months traveling a small town's area taking pictures for that chamber of commerce web page.

Free-lance writer/photographer

Columbia Basin Farmer

I started writing for the Columbia Basin Farmer while in college the summer I worked for the Outlook. It was a lot of features about farmers all over the Columbia Basin. I had to use a block map to get around.


The Othello Outlook

Over a period of several years I worked for the Outlook as a reporter/photographer. Many times I was called back to fill in when they lost a reporter or an editor.


The History of the Moses Lake Conservation District: 1945-2013

All content of the book came from research, interviews and slides. I designed the book according to the history of consevation districts, the Moses Lake Conservation District projects, and interviews with past and present conservaiton board and state conservation people.

Qualifications & Certifications


Eastern Washington University

Big Bend Community College


Big Bend Community College

Spanish 1

Big Bend Community College

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