The Oregonian Lays Off Key Veteran Staffers


The Oregonian is laying off some of its newsroom veterans in what is both a cost-cutting move and a continued reshaping of the newsroom under the paper's new editor, Mark Katches.These layoffs are the first conducted under Katches, who joined The Oregonian in July. They do not appear to be nearly as widespread as the cuts that removed about a quarter of the newsroom in 2013, prefacing a reduction in ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2015 AARON MESH

The Oregonian, Picking Up a Little Cash, Sells Photos Of Its Ex-Reporters

Oh, and the paper just hiked the subscription rate by $1 a week

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The Oregonian this week told subscribers  that the price they pay to get the paper on their doorsteps is going up $52 a year.A letter recently included inside issues of the paper (dated January 2014—probably by mistake) told customers their home-delivery rates would go up by $1 a week starting March 1. That takes the weekly cost for receiving four days of The O from $5 to $6 a week, according ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

The Oregonian's State Politics Desk Loses Another Reporter


The Oregonian has lost another state politics reporter. Yuxing Zheng is leaving the paper to work as a spokeswoman for Metro.Zheng, 29, covered the state legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Metro, the regional planning agency, internally announced Zheng's hiring this morning as "the new content and storytelling guru for Metro’s parks, trails and natural areas work."The departure of Zheng ...   More
Monday, August 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Two Veteran Staffers Are Leaving The Oregonian

UPDATE: And a third.


ORIGINAL POST, 2:50 pm Friday, July 25: On Monday, The Oregonian will complete its move into a new office space in Crown Plaza at 1500 SW 1st Ave., leaving its longtime digs at at 1320 SW Broadway.Not all of its staff will be coming along. Two longtime employees—the newspaper's top sports editor and a health reporter— have both announced their departures this week, the latest to leave in the wake ...   More
Monday, July 28, 2014 AARON MESH

News Industry Analyst Looks at Challenges Facing The Oregonian's New Editor

Ken Doctor says the paper's Sunday paid print circulation has dropped below 200,000


Readers of The Oregonian got a piece of good news this week: The state's largest newspaper has hired much-decorated and widely respected investigative editor Mark Katches as its new top editor. That announcement follows stark changes by the state's largest newspaper in its move to the web: Its New York-based owners, Advance Publications, conducted widespread layoffs last summer, and instituted online ...   More
Thursday, July 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Political Reporter Harry Esteve Leaving The Oregonian


Harry Esteve, one of the top political reporters at The Oregonian, is leaving the paper for a job at Portland State University.Esteve joined The Oregonian in 1999. He has become one of the pillars of the newspaper's state political team, conducting in-depth examinations of business energy tax credits and the Oregon Lottery. He has most recently been leading the paper's coverage of Oregon Gov. John ...   More
Friday, May 16, 2014 AARON MESH

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer for Editorials on PERS


The Oregonian was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Monday for a series of editorials on the rising costs of Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System.The Pulitzer announcement said the newspaper's editorials explained "the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs, notably engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives." The paper also ...   More
Monday, April 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Two Oregonian Reporters Jump Ship


Two reporters familiar to readers of The Oregonian are leaving the paper. The departures of Kimberly A.C. Wilson, a general assignment reporter, and Christian Gaston, who covers the Legislature and state politics, come on the heels of a new Oregonian management policy that rewards reporters for the quantity, rather than the quality, of their online output. Wilson, 46, joined The Oregonian in 2004 from ...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.

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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers

UPDATE: "This one is a doozy," writes David Carr.


Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months. In October, the newspaper became a “digital first” media company, with news stories posted first to its website,, then dropped into a print edition that was reduced to home delivery four days a week. At the same time—coming after widespread newsroom layoffs—the journalism ...   More
Sunday, March 23, 2014 AARON MESH


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