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 of the newspaper's New York-based owners, Advance Publications, enforcing steep new quotas for feeding the website.

Seth Prince, the highly respected managing editor of The Oregonian's sports section, said Wednesday on social media that he's leaving the paper to teach journalism at the University of Oklahoma. He's been at The Oregonian for 14 years.

Prince could not immediately be reached for comment.

Katy Muldoon is departing after reporting for 30 years on health care, lifestyles and the Oregon Zoo for the paper. (She was the lead reporter on efforts to return Keiko, the orca from Free Willy, to the wild.)

In an email to colleagues this week, Muldoon said she is leaving The Oregonian but will continue to write, "sans metrics." She has been on leave this summer, and decided not to return.

"This just seemed like a good time to exit," she tells WW. "I definitely plan to continue to write. I'm just ready for something new and different."

UPDATE, 11:55 am Monday, July 28: Several readers have pointed out a third departure from The Oregonian.

Susan Nielsen, a 13-year editor and columnist in the commentary pages, announced her departure Friday. She was the only woman on the paper's editorial board.

"I'm moving too," Nielsen wrote in a Friday column, "leaving after 13-plus terrific years with this news organization to work with a small Portland nonprofit."

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