The Mast welcomes David Mair as this year’s News/Opinion Editor. Mair will celebrate one year with Mast Media in Fall, having written for every section – Opinion, News, A&E and Sports. Mair came to write comic strips but ended up in an editor position: we couldn’t be more excited to have him.
Not only is he a great member of the team, he’s easily one of the quirkiest. And we’re all already pretty weird.
Get to know him a little better…
Mast Media: You’re an interesting kid, you know that? Where are you from?
David Mair: I’m born and raised in Portland, home of the Oregon Trailblazers and the best coffee around. I went to Cleveland High School. I was the mascot, Grover from Sesame Street – once.
How did you go from Mascot to journalism? How does that even happen?
I honestly enjoy writing and having the opportunity to write for every section because each has its different style.
Which would you say is your favorite?
I enjoy writing for sports the most because it’s like writing a story – there’s ups and downs, triumphs and heroes.
I hear you’re a bit of a comic junkie. Tell me more about that.
I love reading comic books as well as writing my own. My ultimate dream job would be to write for Marvel comics, since I enjoy that format of storytelling.
Comics are really what’s on my mind right now. This summer, I wrote a comic script and passed it around to people at work (I work for a local Comic Book Shop – and by work, I mean I’m paid in comics). A few of them are actual comic book writers. It’s been really exciting to work on.
Other than comics and journalism, what do you love to do?
I listen to and play a lot of music. Hip hop and jazz is where it’s at. I also love drinking Dutch Bros Coffee. I actually once told my local baristas at Dutch Bros that I broke my arm from slam dunking a basketball to score some credit.
You’re an odd one… what would you say is the weirdest thing people don’t know about you?
I’m a certified archery instructor and because of who trained me, I’m three degrees of separation from Jennifer Lawrence.
This interview has been lightly edited and condensed.