'Mexico with Sam': Breedlove's Stalking Petition and The Oregonian's Question

In the weeks since the Sam Adams-Beau Breedlove scandal broke, some of the most persistent rumors involve buzz about a trip Adams may have taken to Mexico. One of those rumors has now surfaced in a court document: specifically, Breedlove's May 28 petition unsuccessfully seeking a stalking order in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Oregonian reporter Brent Walth. In the petition (PDF), ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

'Personal Attacks' Prompt The O to Kill Richardson Comments

Looks like Portland lawyer Randy Ray Richardson is still just as contentious a figure as he was when we profiled him back in 2003. The Oregonian has shut down the comments section on its Richardson story today because of what the daily calls "personal attacks" by commenters. The story reports that Richardson — a former Multnomah County prosecutor turned hot-shot defense lawyer who goes ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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

JUICY SUITS: The O Gets Dragged to Court over Buyout Deal

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before The Oregonian got sued over which employees were allowed to take last year's buyout offers. It was generous of the paper's New Jersey-based owners to offer two years' salary and benefits to most employees who had worked at the paper more than 10 years and agreed to walk away. Employees who had between five and 10 years' tenure were offered one year's ...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Fred Stickel Day!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Oregonian Says Its Financial Situation "Remains Critical" And Hopes to Avoid Layoffs

In language so clear it requires no MBA to understand, The Oregonian posted a story on its website today that says the paper hopes enough people take the latest buyout offer under consideration by employees. The daily is hoping that because the more employees take the newest buyout offer, the better the chance there won't have to be layoffs, according to excerpts from a letter written to staff ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregonian Circulation Takes Another Tumble (UPDATED with new publisher named)

The Oregonian's daily circulation numbers fell 12.06 percent in the most recent six-month period measured by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The O was one of 15 daily papers in the top 25 to suffer double-digit declines, joining sister papers in the Newhouse chain that also had steep circulation falls such as The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (down 11.24 percent) and The (Newark) Star-Ledger (down ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregonian Editor Tells Staff It Appears Layoffs Are "Inevitable"

Some dispiriting news from Oregonian Editor Sandy Rowe to staff during new publisher N. Christian Anderson III's first week on the job. In an email that went out yesterday afternoon, Rowe told the newsroom that it appears not enough staffers have accepted the daily's most recent buyout offer to employees. As a consequence, she warns a "layoff is inevitable despite our determination to avoid ...   More
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HANK STERN

Who's Planning To Take The Oregonian's Latest Buyout Offer

Below is the latest unofficial list of people who are planning to take the most recent buyout offer from The Oregonian. Staffers at the daily have until Monday to change their mind and take their name off the list. But that of course exposes them to an involuntary layoff on less generous terms. Some of the more prominent names departing the paper have already been reported. But this is the first ...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 HANK STERN


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