Journalist Lori Tobias arrived on the Oregon coast in 2000. After freelancing from Newport for several years, she signed on with the Oregonian as a stringer covering the coast from Florence to Astoria; later she would be hired as a staff writer responsible for the entire coast—one person for more than three hundred miles. Tobias’s story is as much her own as it is the coast’s. She takes the reader through familiar beats of life and the unexpected, often unglamorous experiences of a working reporter. Storm Beat tells a compelling story of a land that many visit but few truly know.
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.