The Whistleblower

Michael Rodgers has a secret: He’s the one who leaked Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. Here’s why he did it.

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On Friday, Feb. 20, Michael Rodgers looked up from his iPad to the parking lot outside his Salem office window. Three people strode toward the entrance of his building. He knew who they were,    More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes Attends University of Oregon Journalism Conference

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The University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication is holding a conference this weekend in Portland called “What is Journalism?” looking at the future of the newspaper industry.This morning, the audience included a very unusual attendee: former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes.Hayes sat in the back of a room for a morning panel discussion on citizen journalism.Hayes, the fiancée of ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Emails Show That Unlike Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes Had No Doubts About Holding On To Power

She called Kitzhaber's tenure as governor "our administration."


Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.The emails show that, while Kitzhaber wavered, then-first lady Cylvia Hayes did not—she wanted him to run again and to give her an even larger role in his administration.The emails are among those Kitzhaber’s office ...   More
Friday, March 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Federal Prosecutor Allegedly Stalked By U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Was Under Armed Protection

Scott Kerin reportedly had a contract taken out on his life by a Mexican drug cartel.


The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life. That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that appears to have cost Marshall, the top federal prosecutor in Oregon, her job. Sources familiar with the situation tell WW Marshall’s subordinate, ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Was Ambivalent About Seeking Re-Election For a Fourth Term as Governor

"Pretty much burned out right now," Kitzhaber wrote in late 2013, not long before announcing he would run again.


Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's four-decade political career ended abruptly last month, just 37 days after he was sworn in for a record-setting fourth term. But before seeking re-election, Kitzhaber came close to deciding against running for re-election, according to his emails that his office later sought to have deleted from state servers.On July 12, 2013, Kitzhaber wrote to Nick Hanauer, a Seattle ...   More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Sought To Hand-Pick Special Prosecutor

Former governor's attorney suggested friendly ex-judges.


The first week of February marked an acceleration in the spiraling troubles that led former Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.A disastrous press conference led to the state's biggest daily calling for his resignation, and unanswered ethical and legal questions about first lady Cylvia Hayes only grew bigger. If Kitzhaber were to survive, he needed to change the political narrative—and fast. Kitzhaber ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show How Kitzhaber and Hayes Sought to Block Release of Her Emails

Lawyer on Hayes' emails: "Not 'smoking guns' but they are clearly not helpful."


Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is seeking to block federal criminal investigators from getting access to personal emails he stored on state computers. The Oregonian broke that news last week, noting Kitzhaber has succeeded in delaying by nearly a week the state’s response to a federal criminal subpoena deadline of March 10. Kitzhaber's desire to keep his emails private is part of a pattern. Former first ...   More
Monday, March 9, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

What He Left Behind

Emails ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office sought to destroy reveal tensions over power, money and former First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned last week amid allegations his fiancee, former first lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes, improperly used her access to him to influence state policy while benefiting f   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Office Sought To Destroy Thousands of His Emails

Records show state bureaucrats refused to carry out the request


Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WW and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.The request came as investigations into allegations of influence-peddling involving Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were intensifying. Records show the request to destroy Kitzhaber’s emails ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Emails and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Power

Here are the stories WW has published so far based on the emails from Gov. John Kitzhaber's personal accounts that were kept in state computers, and the controversy about the efforts by his office Fe   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 WW Staff


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