Award-winning reporter Melissa Navas will leave The Oregonian to join Multnomah County's communications staff in mid-September. She joins a long list of journalists going to work for government PR offices, as WW has shown.

Newsroom cutbacks and changing priorities have sent many veteran reporters out of their newsrooms and into the arms of public agencies
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that Julie Sullivan, one of The Oregonian's most respected journalists, was joining the county as a spokesperson. In April, WW's managing news editor Hank Stern, also a former Oregonian reporter, left to do the same. Their boss, communications director David Austin, is a former Oregonian reporter as well.