Paper pub. date
September 2020
ISBN 9780870710117 (paperback)
ISBN 9780870710148 (ebook)
6 x 9, 208 pages. 17 b&w photos
Available September 2020

Storm Beat

A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast

Lori Tobias

Journalist Lori Tobias arrived on the Oregon Coast in 2000. After freelancing from Newport for several years, she signed on to the Oregonian as a stringer covering the coast from Florence to Astoria; later she would be hired as a staff writer responsible for the entirety of the coast—one person for more than three hundred miles. The job meant long hours, being called out for storms in the middle of the night in dangerous conditions, and driving hundreds of miles in a day if stories called for it.

The Oregon Coast is a rugged, beautiful place. Separated from the state’s population centers by the Coast Range, it is a land of small towns reliant primarily on fishing and tourism, known for its dramatic landscapes and dramatic storms. Many of the stories Tobias covered were tragedies: car crashes, falls, drownings, capsizings. Those were just the accidents; Tobias covered plenty of violent crimes as well, such as the infamous Christian Longo murders of 2001, but her stories also include more lighthearted moments, including her own experiences learning to live on and cover the coast.

Tobias’s story is as much her own as it is the coast’s; she takes the reader through familiar beats of life— regular trips back east as her parents age, the decline of journalism in the twenty-first century, and the unexpected, often unglamorous experiences of a working reporter—such as a bout of vertigo after rappelling from a helicopter. Storm Beat tells a compelling story of a land that many visit but few truly know.

About the author LORI TOBIAS is a veteran journalist who freelances for local and national outlets, including the New York Times, Seattle Times, Denver Post, and 1859 Magazine. Storm Beat is her first book of nonfiction; her novel Wander won the 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award for Best Book of Fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
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