Storm Beat

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Lori Tobias, former coast writer for The Oregonian newspaper, will hold a virtual launch for her new book “Storm Beat: A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast” Tuesday, Sep. 1, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

The launch will be sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita and viewable on-line via Zoom. Pre-registration is required to view the launch and can be done via the Hoffman Center website at

Registration is free.

Participants in the meeting will be able to submit questions to the author during the streaming.

Tobias was a columnist and feature writer for the Rocky Mountain News before moving to Newport, Oregon in 2000, where she began working as a freelancer, stringer and staff writer for The Oregonian for 20 years.

The book is based on her reporter’s notes and journals kept during those years as she reported high-profile stories, such as car crashes, falls, drownings, and capsizings, as well as violent crimes such as the infamous Christian Longo murders in 2001, and a shocking murder/suicide in Manzanita in 2010.

Copies of the “Storm Beat” can be ordered through Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita -- (503) 368-2665 -- or on-line at Oregon State University Press is publishing the book.

Tobias did a reading of her first book – the novel “Wander” – at the Hoffman Center in Oct. 2016.

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