Former Tri-City Herald reporter Theresa Goffredo died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
Goffredo worked in the Herald’s Hermiston bureau from 1997-99 and wrote a regular Sunday column, for which she won a Society of Professional Journalists award in 1998.
She most recently worked at the Everett Herald as an arts reporter. She also had stints at the Spokesman-Review, Idaho Statesman in Boise, Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon and the East Oregonian in Pendleton, according to a story in the Everett Herald.
“Theresa asked the tough questions,” her longtime friend and fellow journalist Marina Parr told the Everett Herald. “She wanted people to know the truth.” Parr also worked at the Tri-City Herald.
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Goffredo was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y., but the West Coast became her home after high school, when she moved to California and earned a degree in journalism in 1983 from San Francisco State University.
Goffredo did much more for the city of Everett than report on its arts culture, according to the Everett Herald. She volunteered as a Master Gardener docent at the city’s arboretum, she advocated for programs at the downtown YMCA and she served on the PTA board at her son’s grade school.
She leaves behind her husband Peter Verhey, a Royal City farm boy and now a longtime biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and 9-year-old son Dashiell, according to the Everett Herald.