Editor’s Notes

There’s something “fishy” about this issue!

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American

Editor-in-chief, The Norwegian American

Dear readers and friends,


There’s definitely something “fishy” about this issue, for we’ve called it “Tales of the Sea,” and filled it with content focused around maritime life.

By now, it is probably no news to you that I really like boats and everything that has to do with marine life. I have lived by the water for most of my life and love the smell of saltwater and the feeling of freedom I get as I gaze out on the open sea. I am also so proud of my friends who work in  the fishing and maritime industries here in Washington state, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that these sectors are largely driven by Norwegian immigrants: they are simply the best.

Here at The Norwegian American, we have always received support from maritime, fishing and shipping companies, including our Publisher, Ragnar Meyer-Knutsen at Sealift Inc. in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and many companies based here in Seattle, including Pacific Fishermen and Trident Seafoods. Without their generosity, we could not exist. We are extremely  grateful for their support and hope you will enjoy learning about these sectors with us.

This issue includes an exclusive interview with Espen Sandberg, one of Norway’s leading film directors. It was a great honor for me to speak with him and learn more about the life of the famous polar explorer Roald Amundsen.  Through our conversation, I began to think more about the history of Norway, as we prepare to bring you a very special issue for Norwegian Constitution Day on May 7.

I encourage you to check out Sandberg’s film and all the other great film offerings we can bring to you through our collaboration with Films of Norway, It’s a great way to learn more about your heritage.


Wishing you happy reading,


Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief

This article originally appeared in the April 23, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.