Sammamish Review’s publisher Debbie Berto named to Issaquah Hall of Fame

June 12, 2013

By Peter Clark

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Sammamish Review, was named to Issaquah Hall of Fame at a May 30 awards banquet.

The banquet was held at the Hilton Garden Inn and sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Berto was the recipient of the final award of the evening with her induction into the Hall of Fame.

With her hands on her cheeks in shock, the whole room stood in applause as she accepted the honor.

“It’s amazing what you get done in 40 years,” she said upon taking the podium regarding her long service with the newspaper. “I’ve had the privilege to be with The Issaquah Press and to work with amazing colleagues throughout the years.”

She spoke about her continued relationship over the years with the city and how, despite the occasional disagreement, she felt honored to receive the designation.

“I have just been privileged in a wonderful role to help make a difference,” she said. “It’s huge to think that I will have my picture in City Hall.”

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the annual award that is chosen by her office and the City Council president.

In her introduction, she praised Berto for her service to the community, both professionally as well as in her volunteering capacity through organizations like the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

“Our criteria for this award is inspiration, service, leadership, activity and length of service,” Frisinger said. “It is always right to give people thanks for the service they give.”

Berto spoke with appreciation to the mayor, the chamber and to the community at large for the unexpected recognition.

“So many have had this award before me, and I’m so humbled by them and by this honor,” she said.

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