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Colin Ellis, a Maine journalist who recently moved to Oregon, will cover a variety of beats

The Newberg Graphic recently hired journalist Colin Ellis to take over government and general assignment reporting for the paper.

Ellis, 28, recently relocated to Oregon from Portland, Maine, where he spent several years working at newspapers. He wrote for a weekly newspaper covering southern Maine and a daily newspaper covering central Maine. He also spent time working in television and radio stations.

Ellis will cover the cities of Newberg, Dundee and St. Paul, writing about government, general news, arts and leisure and business. Ellis

Ellis studied journalism and political science in college and in 2013 graduated from St. Michael's College, a school near Burlington, Vt. He replaces former reporter Susan Brannon. Ellis is currently living in Portland and started at the Graphic on Oct. 1.

"I'm excited to join the Newberg Graphic, get to know the area and contribute to the great coverage the newspaper has historically been known for," Ellis said.

Gary Allen, the newspaper's managing editor, welcomed Ellis after an extensive search to fill the position.

"Colin settled into the position quickly and has already proven to be a great asset to the Graphic's news team," Allen said.

Ellis' arrival in Newberg came just a few weeks before the departure of reporter Seth Gordon's Oct. 16 departure after more than 10 years at the paper. Gordon recently took a position in communications for a Portland-area school district. His replacement, Ryan Clarke, will take over the position in early November.

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