Steven Smith, Portland's Iconic Teamaker, Died Monday

Super taster started both Tazo and Stash before naming his third venture after himself "so I can't sell this one."


Food & Drink
Steven Smith, the iconic Portland teamaker who launched three of the best-known brands in high-end tea passed away yesterday, The Oregonian reports.Smith was, in our words from last year, "[not] just the dean of Portland tea [but] also the ex-president and the professor emeritus... The guy imagines tea flavors for his blends like a young girl dreams of unicorns, then runs around trying to find ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

How OHSU's Brian Druker Hopes to Cure Cancer

The most ambitious fund-raising effort in Oregon history--$500 million in two years--is the job of two men who visited our offices this week. Dr. Brian Druker, director of OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, is Oregon's best-known scientist. A winner of the Lasker Prize and thought to be on the short list for a Nobel Prize, Druker's signature accomplishment was the development of a drug to treat a form ...   More
Thursday, January 16, 2014 WWeek Staff

Hotseat: Joe Robertson and Brian Druker

OHSU’s president and its leading cancer researcher explain why they want $200 million from taxpayers.

News Stories
On Sept. 20, 2013, Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, offered Oregon Health & Science University the biggest philanthropic gift in the state’s history—$500 million to the Knigh   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 WW Staff

Legendary Portland Songwriter Pete Krebs Has Cancer


Guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Krebs, one of Portland music's longtime leading lights, has been diagnosed with stage two dismoplastic melanoma, a rare form of cancer which is unresponsive to such treatments as radiation and chemotherapy, according to an online request for financial assistance by his wife, Rebecca. Surgery to evaluate the extent of the cancer's spread and ...   More
Monday, February 4, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Vancouver Cop Who Successfully Fought His Firing Dies

Navin Sharma, a Portlander who spotlighted allegations of racial discrimination and retaliation inside the Vancouver police department through a federal lawsuit, died peacefully of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 24, Sharma's family confirmed to WW over the weekend. Sharma, whose case against the Vancouver Police Department resulted in a $1.65 million settlement in September 2008, was 54. Considered ...   More
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

A Final Chance to Say Goodbye to Les Sarnoff

If you were a fan of Portland radio icon Les Sarnoff, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 17. That's when a public celebration of Sarnoff's life will take place in Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5 p.m. Sarnoff, the longtime radio personality for KINK Radio 101.9 FM, died last Friday at 60. Sarnoff is best known for hosting a morning show, but also was a champion for many local, non-propfit and ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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