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 Kitzhaber's bid for a fourth term.

The departure of Esteve is the latest defection from The Oregonian in the wake of the newspapers New York-based owners, Advance Publications, enforcing steep new quotas for feeding the website. Kimberly A.C. Wilson, a general assignment reporter, and Christian Gaston, who worked with Esteve on the politics desk, left in April.

Esteve confirmed his departure to WW this afternoon.

UPDATE, 2:45 pm: Portland State University vice president Christopher Broderick tells WW that Esteve will become the senior writer for university communications. Esteve will start the new job in June.

"We had between 85 and 90 applications for that position," Broderick says. "We're very happy to have Harry. It's a loss for The Oregonian. It's a gain for PSU."