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The Profile is published on the first Friday of each month; deadline for advertising and editorial copy is the fourth Wednesday of the preceding month. When the first Friday does not roll around until the 7th, publication takes place on the last Friday of the previous month, also occasionally provoking an earlier deadline date.

Deborah Wiig founded the Washington Park Profile in October 1978 as an open community exchange published monthly, by and for residents of the Washington Park area. By the early 1980s, the mission had grown to one of "promoting the unity and revitalization of this neighborhood," and by the mid-‘90s the paper's reach had grown significantly, to include the neighborhoods of central, south-central and near southeast Denver, including Cherry Creek, the community surrounding the University of Denver and some 20 other neighborhoods. While striving for objective news coverage, The Profile has steadfastly supported the efforts of the residents of Denver's neighborhoods to protect and enhance the quality of life in their community.

The Profile's 16,500 papers are distributed each month through a system of some 375 distribution points in grocery stores, restaurants, retail shops, recreation centers, libraries and the like, as well as outdoor boxes in the area bounded roughly by the Platte River, Quebec St., 6th Ave. and the south city limits. Mail subscriptions are available for $35 per year.

Features included in the Washington Park Profile include: Front Page News, The Publisher's View, Business As Usual, People Of South Denver, Spills & Thrills (Raising a Family), A Representative View, Letters To The Editor, From A Reader’s Pen, Classified & Service Directory Advertising, Home Sweet Home (real estate advertising), Arts & Events, Calendar of Events, and many more timely features and stories.

Paul Kashmann began his career with The Profile as an advertising executive shortly after its creation. Finding the world of journalism an unexpectedly fine fit, Kashmann began writing for the fledgling publication shortly thereafter, moving quickly into the role of Editor, and then replacing Ms. Wiig as Publisher in early 1983. Sharing advertising sales duties is Roy Schuster, who joined The Profile team in 2009, bringing extensive experience in graphic design, face-to-face sales and brand marketing to the table.

Eileen Abbattista joined The Profile in January 1995. Hired initially as office assistant, Abbattista's journalistic talents, relentless attention to detail, and commitment to the community quickly led to an expanded role as both Office Manager and Editor (and more recently, Art Director). Abbattista is a determined advocate for the grassroots concerns of human residents and other creatures dwelling in central, south-central and near southeast Denver neighborhoods, a consistent promoter of resiliency for ongoing environmental and social challenges, and a loyal supporter of Denver Public Schools.

Familiar names to all Profile readers, columnists Joan Hinkemeyer and Diana Helper have each graced our pages for nearly 30 years. Hinkemeyer's Gardening column continues to be among the most well-read Profile pages each month, while Helper's University Park News & Views has been an indispensable source of information for the University of Denver neighborhood – and indeed, the entire city – for the past quarter century-plus. Susan Dugan began her Profile career in 1996 covering the many public and private schools serving south Denver families. Dugan, who writes professionally for a variety of noted national publications, is presently heading into her 13th year chronicling the diverse individuals who make up our corner of the globe through her popular People Of South Denver column.

Our newest editions, Leilani Olson and Margo Newman ably fill the roles of Associate Editors of our Calendar of Events and Arts & Events sections, synthesizing an astounding array of information into these coherent and highly informative sections.

Tim Berland has been the indispensable graphic heart and soul of Washington Park Profile since 1989. Under the moniker of Tim Berland Graphic Design, Berland is responsible for advertising design and the physical layout of each edition, including website design. He is a creative force, doing his best to keep The Profile fresh and up-to-date, as well as our technological savior. Tim fills similar shoes at a number of Denver's most respected monthly publications. Bronwen Abbattista, who literally grew up in the day-to-day hubbub of The Profile, masterfully handles the monthly maintenance of our website: www.washparkprofile.com.

The Profile is most fortunate to have Fred Poindexter overseeing distribution of the paper. In addition to his newspaper-related duties, Fred is a skilled musician and fine artist. He is assisted at The Profile by distribution diva, Cathy Howell.

Rounding out our current production crew are a dedicated group of stringers including: Jamie Siebrase, Eric Peterson, Don Preziosi, Art Guerin, Amy Allen, Ed Schott, Randy Crawford, Newly West and other occasional writers.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the stalwarts who have filled the role of Security Director over the years. In memoriam we remember Scamper The Dog, Frank The One-Eyed Dog, and Kosho, all of whom have passed on to that great office in the sky. Holding down the fort at the present time is The Profile's current Best Beast, Theo.