New business reporter joins Tri-City Herald

Kathy Korengel has joined the Herald as a business reporter.

Before coming to Kennewick, she was a reporter for The News-Review in Roseburg, Ore., since early 2008. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Union-Bulletin in Walla Walla for seven years.

Before starting her journalism career, Korengel worked from 1980-93 in varied teaching jobs in California and Japan.

She then worked extensively as a freelancer in Japan, New York and Washington to build her journalism experience.

She has a bachelor's in sociology from Stanford University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Korengel will be contributing to the Herald's Business Beat blog, which can be found online at She can be reached at 582-1541 or via e-mail at