This issue of Willamette Week
marks birthday No. 40 for our newspaper. It provides a moment to
reflect on where this journalistic ship has been and where it’s headed.
But let’s start with
Oregon’s wine industry wouldn’t be what it is today without Becky Wasserman.
1979, Wasserman, a French wine exporter, paid a visit to David and Diana
Lett at their then-little-known winer
Here at Give!Guide Central, our annual effort to raise
funds for local nonprofits coincides with the dropping of the New Year’s
Eve ball. At the stroke of midnight, we shut off the website’s D
Since 1983, when Mark Zusman and I formed City of Roses Newspaper Company, I have written a column each year on the occasion of Willamette Week’s
anniversary. The idea is to keep you, our most imp
You are simply amazing.
In November and December, 5,450 of you gave $1,967,423 to local nonprofits through Willamette Week’s
Give!Guide. That’s nearly 100 times the amount you donated through
The greatest test facing WW
today comes not from the challenge of surviving in a digital world or
from the effects of a lingering recession—though neither can be
Our real tes
Ron Abell died on Saturday.
Though never formally employed by Willamette Week, Ron could lay claim to being a member of the original gang. By the time WW published its first issue in November of 1974, he’d been involved in Oregon politics in just about every way imaginable—as newspaper and television reporter, as staffer in Salem, as campaign worker for Wayne Morse and Neil Goldschmid...
Between Nov. 9 and Dec. 31, more than 5,000 of you gave
nearly $1.6 million to 100 local nonprofits and two statewide
organizations through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide.
That’s a 27
Willamette Week was founded 37 years ago this week,
and it’s been 28 years since editor Mark Zusman and I bought what’s
grown into a fully formed news media business. Because you are the most
One of Oregon’s most redeeming qualities is this: One person can make a difference here. In the case of Betty Roberts, that difference is huge; and when the history is written of Oregon in th ...