The Oregonian named a new editor today, nearly three months after former Editor Peter Bhatia announced he would step down to teach at Arizona State.

The new hire is Mark Katches, a highly-decorated investigative reporter and editor who most recently led the Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit based in Emeryville, Calif.

Prior to CIR, Katches served as the investigative editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where his teams won Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting in 2008 and 2010. He earlier worked at the Orange County Register, where the publisher was N.Christian Anderson III, who now holds the same position at The Oregonian. 

Mark Katches is an outstanding journalist and leader," Anderson told The Oregonian, which broke the news of Katches' hire.  "His track record of leading teams to produce information of

substance that serves readers and communities is extensive.  He will

lead us as we continue to transform how we provide and deliver news and

information to the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington."