Steve Raymond started writing stories in grade school and has never stopped. While still a journalism student at the University of Washington he was hired to join the publicity staff of the Seattle World’s Fair, where he enjoyed working until he graduated and had to report for duty as a Navy officer. In 1963 he married Joan Zimmerman of Seattle, who caught his eye during their first hour of class at the UW.
After completing his Navy duty, Raymond was hired by the Seattle Times as a reporter. Soon promoted to assistant city editor, he led the Times’ coverage of many major stories, including the explosive eruption of Mount St. Helens and the collapse of the Washington Public Power Supply System, the nation’s largest municipal bond default. He also edited a series on development of the Boeing 757 jetliner that won a Pulitzer prize.
Simultaneously he moonlighted as editor of The Flyfisher magazine, commanded a Navy Reserve unit, and wrote four nonfiction books about fly fishing, including The Year of the Angler and The Year of the Trout, which each received the Governor’s Award at the Washington Festival of the Arts. The Year of the Angler also was chosen by the American Booksellers Association for special presentation to the White House library. He also wrote often for Sports Illustrated, Fly Fisherman magazine and others, reviewed books for several publications, and was a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
During his final decade at the Times Raymond became manager of the newspaper’s electronic information systems, then its first pagination manager, a position named to signify its commitment to automating pre-press production of news and advertising pages. He oversaw installation of one of the nation’s first digital newspaper libraries, one of the first classified advertising pagination systems, and the initial stages of news pagination before his retirement in 1993.
After retirement Raymond joined the staff of a start-up magazine, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, and served as its consulting editor until the magazine’s sale. He also wrote six more nonfiction books about fly fishing, a volume of short fiction, and the history of the Illinois Civil War regiment in which his great grandfather served. His work has been published in nine anthologies, at least 24 magazines, and a high-school English textbook. His manuscripts and papers are now part of special collections at the Wilson Libraries at Western Washington University.
A second volume of short fiction is due for publication in 2022.
Raymond and his wife now reside on an old farm on Whidbey Island in northern Puget Sound, where they are visited frequently by their daughter, son, three granddaughters and assorted fly fishers.