Brent Walth, an award-winning investigative reporter for The Oregonian, has been hired to be managing news editor for WW.
He replaces Hank Stern, who leaves the paper next week.
"Brent is an extraordinary journalist; I've dreamt about getting him back in the WW family for some time," said Editor Mark Zusman. "The entire team here is looking forward to working with him."
Zusman hired Walth as a reporter in 1986. Walth took a leave in 1989 to write a biography of the late Gov. Tom McCall and then in 1990 went to work for the (Eugene) Register Guard. In 1994, Walth joined The Oregonian, became one of the paper's foremost reporters. In 2001, he shared in the Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting for stories the paper wrote about the INS.
The Oregonian actually broke the story about Walth's hiring. Here is the memo written by that paper's editor, Peter Bhatia.