Marion Barnes


Interim Director Marketing & Communications, Strategic Communications & Marketing

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Why I chose WOU

I believe in WOU's mission to provide accessible, transformative education to all.

At WOU since



Baking, reading, making mosaics

Fun fact

I own a wedding cake design company.



Favorite book/movie

The Princess Bride

Areas of responsibility

I write articles for WOU Stories on the Western Oregon University website, for Western Edge magazine and for many other uses. I also edit all the projects produced in the MarCom office. I work with all WOU departments on their letters, brochures, websites and anything else they want assistance with. Press releases promoting WOU also are on my task list. I work closely with the social media manager on messaging strategies.


B.A. in Journalism, University of Oregon

M.S. in Journalism -- Strategic Communication, University of Oregon (pending)


Professional experience

20 years' experience as professional journalist, mostly at daily newspapers. I was a copy editor, page designer, headline writer, assistant sports editor, special publications editor and editor of a women's magazine called "Willamette Woman." I also have been a freelance writer/editor for a marketing company for several years and create content on myriad topics for an online content provider.

Professional memberships

Society of Professional Journalists

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