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Andrea Otanez is an educator and journalist who has written, edited and developed online and print packages in a variety of areas, including the environment, science, politics, medicine, communities and consumer affairs. From 2005 to 2013 she brought the print-journalism program at Everett Community College into the digital-first world, and was recognized for her teaching, winning the George Shuh Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2007 and Faculty of the Year, Associated Students Award in 2013.
While at EvCC, Otanez wrote a bi-weekly column that appeared on The Seattle Times editorial page. She also developed curriculum in Chicano Studies and media literacy, including an Introduction to Mass Media class through the Open Course Library, which provides open-source curriculum to educators.
Before joining EvCC, Otanez was an assistant metro editor at The Seattle Times. Among her awards was first place in the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association’s 2005 Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs.
Otanez also worked as an acquisitions editor for the University of New Mexico Press, acquiring manuscripts in Chicano memoir, fiction, culture and literary criticism.
Otanez began her journalism career at The Salt Lake Tribune while an undergraduate at the University of Utah.