Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Manning made one final announcement for DOJ yesterday—he's quitting the agency to head back to The Oregonian.

In August 2012, Manning, long one of the state's top investigative reporters, left the daily after 18 years, most of it spent covering business and the law. He went to work for newly elected Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, whose campaign he covered for The Oregonian.

It's unusual for a reporter to become a spokesperson for a state agency and then return to the media, particularly in these days of ever-shrinking news staffs.

Manning confirmed the move to WW but declined to comment further.