Longtime Pamplin Media Group Publisher Christine Moore died Thursday night, June 17, at the age of 60 of complications from cancer.
Moore was hired in 2001 as Pamplin Media's Westside sales manager. She later became publisher of the Beaverton Valley Times, The Times of Tigard, Tualatin & Sherwood, the Sherwood Gazette, and the Regal Courier, positions she held until her death.
In the communities her newspapers served, Moore was known for both her leadership and her volunteerism. She served on the boards of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, as well as a stint as president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
Moore's passion, however, was in community news.
"Other than her family, there was nothing more important to Christine than local journalism and the value it brings to its communities," said Pamplin Media Group President Mark Garber. "She was well respected in her profession and in her communities."
"Christine was an amazing publisher, leader and community supporter," said J. Brian Monihan, Pamplin Media Group vice president, who also co-managed the sales team with Moore for 20 years. "I had a front row seat to seeing her hold local politicians accountable, to helping local businesses with their marketing campaigns, to getting the most possible from a salesperson or reporter, and to always striving to do the right thing when it came to what was best for her communities. She cared greatly about each of the communities she served as publisher of, and that kind dedication and commitment just isn't that common these days."
Laurie Hieb, executive director of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, also offered a remembrance of Moore.
"Christine was self-driven, and that in turn made people around her want to be more productive," Hieb said in a statement. "She mastered a stern negotiation accompanied by the smile of satisfaction. She would always take my calls regardless of the time of day. I will miss our conversations about family and her overall soft spot, her grandkids. It is a sad day for the Oregon newspaper industry, as it has lost a strong, loyal, champion in Christine."
Garber, who worked closely with Moore for the past 24 years — they were coworkers at the East Oregonian prior to moving to Pamplin Media — said he and fellow Pamplin Media employees had lost not just a colleague, but a cherished friend.
"She developed many close friendships through the connections she made in this business, and those folks now are grieving alongside all of us," Garber added. "As we slowly return to work in the Lake Road office, we certainly will miss Christine's presence … her laughter, her guidance, wise counsel and her passion for what we do."
Moore died at home, surrounded by family. She continued to work from her Newberg-area home, holding daily calls with the sales team she managed, in her final days.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more comments remembering Christine Moore.
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