Dean Rhodes

Editor Dean Rhodes graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 and has spent the last 39 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 111 state and national journalism awards. He can be contacted at 503-879-1463 or

Danielle Harrison

Staff writer Danielle Harrison 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

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

Justin Phillips

Grand Ronde 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

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

Kamiah Koch

Grand Ronde Tribal member Kamiah Koch, 22, joined the staff of Smoke Signals as the new social media/digital journalist on Oct. 21, 2019. She is responsible for culling stories from various websites about issues occurring in Indian Country and posting them on the Smoke Signals Facebook page. She also is responsible for the Smoke Signals podcast posted at and video projects to post on the Smoke Signals YouTube channel. Koch is a 2019 graduate from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications studies. While at Western Washington, she worked for the school’s newspaper, The Western Front, as a copy editor and reporter. She can be contacted at or at 503-879-1461.