Staff

Dean Rhodes

Editor Dean Rhodes graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 and has spent the last 37 years working for daily and weekly newspapers in Arizona, Oregon, North Dakota and Washington state. He joined the staff of Smoke Signals in August 2007 and has guided the Tribal publication to 85 state and national journalism awards. He can be contacted at 503-879-1463 or dean.rhodes@grandronde.org.

Danielle Frost

Staff writer Danielle Frost graduated from Eastern Washington University with a journalism degree in 1998. She has worked at weekly newspapers in Oregon and Washington state, spending nine years at the Camas-Washougal Post-Record as an education reporter. She joined the staff of Smoke Signals in September 2017 and quickly won an award from the Native American Journalists Association for Coverage of Native America. She can be reached at 503-879-4663 or danielle.frost@grandronde.org.

Timothy Gonzalez

Photojournalist Timothy Gonzalez graduated from California State University Hayward in 1984 and studied photojournalism at San Francisco State University for three years. His professional career includes working for the Half Moon Bay Review and San Mateo Times in California. He also worked for the Salem Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., for 24 years and was as a freelance photographer for The Associated Press, shooting PAC-12 sporting events. He joined the staff of Smoke Signals in September 2018. He can be reached at 503-879-1961 or timothy.gonzalez@grandronde.org.

Justin Phillips

Tribal member Justin Phillips graduated from Tillamook High School in 1995 and attended Western Oregon University, where he studied marketing. He joined the staff of Smoke Signals in May 1999 and has won numerous awards for designing the Tribal newspaper as the page designer. He can be reached at 503-879-2190 or justin.phillips@grandronde.org.

Samuel F. Briggs III

Samuel F. Briggs III joined the staff of Smoke Signals on Sept. 10, 2019, as the new graphic design specialist. He graduated from Newberg High School and received degrees in multimedia design and computer animation from the Art Institute of Seattle. He also has a degree in trade and code from Clackamas Community College and is currently enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, pursuing a bachelor’s of fine arts in illustration and graphic design. He previously worked for nine years for the city of Seattle as a senior graphic arts and multimedia designer for the Seattle Center. He can be reached at 503-879-1416 or via e-mail at samuel.briggs@grandronde.org.