Most Rev. Alexander Sample is the former bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan. He completed college and graduate studies in engineering school in Upper Michigan and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Marquette in 1990. In 2005, Pope Benedict named him bishop of his home diocese. In 2013, Pope Benedict appointed him archbishop of Portland. He is a native of Kalispell, Montana, and grew up in Las Vegas.

Ed Langlois is managing editor of the Catholic Sentinel and its sister Spanish publication, El Centinela. He holds a master's degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Portland. He graduated from Colorado College in 1986 with a degree in English and was a campus stringer for Newsweek and Businessweek. He worked at an Oregon coast weekly newspaper before joining the Catholic Sentinel staff in 1993. As a reporter for the Sentinel, he focused on church-government relations, social issues like assisted suicide and poverty, Catholic schools and religious life. He's a husband and a father who commutes to work on bicycle.

Rocío Rios Niño was born in Colombia, South America. She studied social communications with a major in mass-media journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a master’s degree in political science from the same. She worked six years at the El Espectador newspaper in Bogotá, Colombia’s major daily newspaper. She worked three a half years doing television reporting on Colombia’s top television station, Caracol news. She came to the United States in 1998 to learn English and became editor of El Centinela, the Catholic Sentinel’s Spanish-language sister newspaper in 1999. Her paper is online at

Kristen Hannum, a staff writer, reported for the Catholic Sentinel from 1988 to 2004, when she moved to Colorado with her husband to care for her elderly mother. She returned to Portland and the Sentinel in March 2015. She's pleased to be back in the land where green forests meet the Pacific — where her grown children and grandchildren live. 

Susan Hays, a native Oregonian and an active member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie, sells advertising space for the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela, our Spanish-language monthly.

Bob Jaques, advertising representative, is a native Oregonian and third generation publishing professional. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he has worked at newspapers and international business publications in the Northeast and on the West coast. His roles have covered circulation/distribution, production, marketing, advertising and publications management over the last 30 years. A husband and father of three, he enjoys fly fishing, architectural design, history, car restoration and spending time with his daughter.

Katie Scott,
special projects reporter for the Catholic Sentinel, is a native of California. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of the swim team, and the University of Dallas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. For seven years, Katie worked for the Arlington Catholic Herald newspaper in Virginia, where she focused on social justice, the environment, religious life and school news. In fall 2016, Katie and her husband, the couple's young son and their two dogs relocated from Washington, D.C., so she could join the Sentinel staff.  

Sarah Wolf, reporter, is an area native with Catholic roots. After graduating from The George Washington University with a degree in political science, she ran the Oregon Capitol News website in Portland. She then dabbled in public relations before deciding to stay home with her two toddlers and work as a freelancer. She so loved her freelancing work for the Catholic Sentinel that she joined the team officially in 2016. As a young mom, she loves playing outside with her husband and kids, reading and drinking too much coffee.

Francisco Lara, known around the office as Paco, is a reporter and photographer for El Centinela. He is a man on the move and about town, covering news at churches, the Mexican embassy and elsewhere. Francisco lives in Vancouver where he and his wife have two children. A longtime Catholic parish choir member and guitarist, he knows the life of a regular man — In the past, he supported himself with landscaping and waiting tables. He has studied business administration and is trained in photography. He led an online magazine for a period and has taken photos for clients of his family’s marketing company in Portland. He has shown skill in sports photography, including along the sidelines of Portland Timbers games.