Pamplin Media, EO Media and Salem Reporter combine forces to improve government news gathering.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left to right, Paris Achen, of the Portland Tribune, Claire Withycombe, of the East Oregonian, and Aubrey Wieber, of Salem Reporter, have all been assigned to report for the Oregon Capital Bureau.
Two veteran news organizations and one upstart announced a new collaborative aimed at expanding their coverage of Oregon state government and politics.

The new team represents Pamplin Media Group, the publisher of Portland Tribune, the Madras Pioneer, and 23 other newspapers; EO Media Group, which publishes the East Oregonian, Daily Astorian and nine other newspapers; and Salem Reporter, a new digital news service.

A reporter from each organization has been assigned to the Oregon Capital Bureau operation. They are Paris Achen of the Portland Tribune, Claire Withycombe of the East Oregonian (formerly of the Bend Bulletin) and Daily Astorian, and Aubrey Wieber of Salem Reporter. They will work under the direction of Les Zaitz, editor of Salem Reporter and a veteran investigative reporter.

They will work under the direction of Les Zaitz, editor of Salem Reporter and a veteran Oregon investigative reporter, who promises that the bureau will be "a potent watchdog over public money and government power."

Pamplin Media Group President Mark Garber said the collaboration "will dramatically boost" his organization's coverage of state government.

"We already were partnering with EO Media Group to provide timely and comprehensive stories about the Legislature, the executive branch and state agencies. Now, by adding Salem Reporter, we will increase the number of journalists watching the capital and also benefit enormously from Les Zaitz's journalistic leadership."

The new Oregon Capital Bureau team will provide breaking news, enterprise and investigative stories, Zaitz said, which will be shared with the news organizations' publications and their websites.

Salem Reporter, an online news service, launched Sept. 10, founded by Zaitz and Salem real estate developer Larry Tokarski. Zaitz and his family own weekly newspapers in Keizer and Vale.

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