Goodykoontz Journalism

Stories Are Everywhere

Freelance journalism in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


Welcome to the portfolio of work by Emily Goodykoontz, a journalist in the Pacific Northwest. She focuses on journalistic storytelling through multiple mediums, including written work, podcasts, videos and photography. She has won several awards for writing and photography from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Emily graduated in 2017 with an A.S. in journalism from Linn-Benton Community College where she directed its student newspaper, The Commuter, as editor-in-chief. After graduating, she earned a spot in the 2017 Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism Internship cohort. She spent 10 weeks as a reporter at the Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune and is currently working as the digital managing editor at the Daily Emerald, an independent student media organization at the University of Oregon. She also works for the Associated Press as an election stringer.

Emily is pursuing a B.S. in journalism with a minor in multimedia at UO and will graduate in 2019. She is a nontraditional college student who returned to her education after receiving an unexpected call to journalism. Emily believes that stories surround us, waiting to be translated through song, art, and pen.

View Emily’s complete resume here.


Video: Connecting with a Heritage through Taiko

For descendants of immigrants, navigating the balance between family heritage and American culture can be tricky. University of Oregon freshman Joseph Yamaguchi found a way to connect with his cultural roots and explore his heritage through the art of Japanese Taiko drumming.