Biography

I’m a local boy.   I attended Tumwater Grade School, Olympia High School and The Evergreen State College.  I’ve lived in Lacey in the same house for 43 years.

I joined the US Army and spent 5 and a half in service to our country including two years as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division.  I am a charter member of the Lacey American Legion post.

Upon discharge I went to work for the Washington State Department of Corrections at Cedar Creek Youth Camp where I worked with court-committed delinquent boys for seven years.  I returned to college to get my degree in social work.

Upon graduation from The Evergreen State College I changed my area of interest and  went to work for The Lacey Leader newspaper in Lacey where I became the editor.  I covered every aspect of Lacey government and community activities.

I worked as the community relations director for the North Thurston School District – the first person to hold that position. I also did public relations work for The Evergreen State College and the Washington Department of Transportation.

I started my own business – Balsley and Associates – and provided public relations service for many different groups including the Port of Olympia where I helped develop the port’s newsletter The Navigator.

For nearly 30 years I published a subscriber only political and business newsletter called Ken’s Corner & The Real News.”  I transferred it to on-line publication six years ago.

I also worked for KGY Radio for 19 years where I broadcast commentaries on a regular basis and started my Coffee With Ken radio show which continues on-line at kenbalsley.com.