Daniel Wattenburger

Daniel Wattenburger

Pac/West Account Manager

Eastern Oregon Mission Board Member

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

My family moved here in 1992 when I was 10 and I moved back in 2005 so my wife, Marci, could teach in the school district.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Kobe and Trina’s are in a virtual tie.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Family vacations if I can find a lot of spare time, watching a baseball game will do if I only have a few hours.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

The culture of humility. This town has done amazing things, but rather than people demanding credit they pass on the praise and get back to work.

What was the last book you read?

“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back),” the autobiography of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. I’m a sucker for a rock bio.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

Stitcher. I have a 226 day podcast listening streak.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

If I could call it one trip, I’d go on a circuit of MLB stadiums. If I had to pick one I haven’t been to yet, I’d visit Wrigley Field in Chicago.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Our kids Anna (9) and Nolan (6) are always cracking us up, but our dog Jackson got the best of us this summer when we did a backyard camp out and he somehow snuck back inside and slept on our bed — which he’s not allowed to do. He was embarrassed in the way only a good lab can be.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

We have made some major strides in getting more applications and admissions to Martha’s House, and our next big project is increasing the programs to help families transition from homelessness to a stable lifestyle. With the community’s investment and volunteer spirit I’m excited to see what will be done.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Everything worthwhile has been accomplished as a team. Our East Oregonian newsroom retaining the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association general excellence award for six years running comes to mind because of the dedication and quality work of the team I was lucky enough to be a part of.

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