Phil Knight: Puzzled by Oregon Politics

Today's Oregonian features a lengthy interview with Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in the wake of the University of Oregon's 37-20 football victory over Oregon State University on Saturday. In past years, the Nike chairman has given tens of millions to U of O athletic programs and also been unusually politically active. He contributed $770,000 to a variety of causes and candidates since last October, ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

David Wu’s Election Day and Night

As Democrats nationwide nervously await election returns to see how many of their congressional incumbents get unseated, let’s turn our attention to Oregon’s First Congressional District. U.S. Rep. David Wu is trying for a seventh term representing a northwest Oregon district that includes the west side of Portland and Washington County. He had a 13-point lead ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Jason Slotkin

More Tough News For Oregonian Staffers (UPDATED with developments at other Newhouse papers)

The latest piece of bad news landed today in The Oregonian's newsroom. The grim details on top of past rounds of bad news at the daily: —the paper's lifetime guarantee of employment for full-time staffers will go away; —staffers must take an additional six furlough days; —and staffers will pick up a quarter of their health insurance premiums. Of course, few papers ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Story Forum Editor

Sandy Rowe Retiring As Oregonian Editor (UPDATED with Rowe email to staff)

Oregonian Editor Sandy Rowe just told staff at the paper in an afternoon meeting that she is retiring. A staffer who attended the meeting says Executive Editor Peter Bhatia will become the paper's editor and that Rowe characterized her move as one that would save money for the daily. "She looked at the numbers and said that cutting her position would make a big difference," said the staffer, ...   More
Monday, December 7, 2009 HANK STERN

Spadea Work: Oregonian Refuses, Then Accepts Pro-Tax Ad

If Oregonians get nothing else out of the Jan. 26 election on Measures 66 and 67, they now know an arcane newspaper term for an ad wrapped around the daily paper. They may also have learned something about standards at the Northwest's largest newspaper. To recap, on Jan. 17, opponents of Measures 66 and 67 bought a "spadea" that trumpeted The Oregonian's editorial endorsement of a "No" vote ...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

If It Matters to Oregonians, It's in...Glamour Magazine? Read About Diane Downs' Mystery Child

There may be no more infamous criminal in recent Oregon history than Diane Downs. She was convicted in 1984 of shooting three of her children, killing one of them. Downs later escaped briefly from prison and was made (more) infamous by "Small Sacrifices" a 1987 best-seller written by Ann Rule and a 1989 TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett. After Downs' conviction but before her sentencing, Downs ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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