Aaron J. Fentress, The Oregonian's beat reporter on Oregon Ducks football, is leaving the paper for cable TV station Comcast SportsNet, WW has learned.
Fentress will report news for the cable station's website, and also appear as a panelist on the studio show Talkin' Ducks.
"I've been at The Oregonian for 22 years," Fentress tells WW. "Loved it there. This is a new adventure."
The move means The Oregonian—which laid off several sports reporters this summer—will shuffle its top sportswriters.
Jason Quick reported on Twitter this afternoon that he will leave the Portland Trail Blazers beat after 13 years to cover Ducks football.
Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia confirms the switch to WW.
"Our coverage of the Ducks this fall won’t miss a beat; we will still be the definitive source," Bhatia says in an email. "Aaron’s a good reporter. He will do well and we wish him the best."
Fentress is the second major Ducks football reporter to defect from a newspaper this summer. Last month, Rob Moseley left The Register-Guard in Eugene to work for the University of Oregon.
Former Register-Guard sportswriter Adam Jude, who took a job last year aiding in Ducks coverage from Eugene with The Oregonian, left shortly before the paper's June layoffs to take a job covering University of Washington football for The Seattle Times.
UPDATE, 9:30 pm: Blazer's Edge has posted an interview with Quick—who is already frustrated by the lack of media access in Phil Knight's football palace.
"Every kid I've talked to I've been really, really impressed with," Quick tells Blazer's Edge. "The coaches, on the other hand, I can't say the same. They're almost trying to be difficult. It's frustrating. It's obvious they have no respect for our profession."