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Falling Circulation Numbers Greet New Oregonian Publisher

OPB | Oct. 26, 2009 6:57 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:09 a.m. | Portland, OR

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By Rob Manning

The Oregonian newspaper has a new publisher. But as Rob Manning reports, Monday's announcement comes as the state's largest daily sees a drop in circulation.


Six weeks after the Oregonian’s long-time publisher, Fred Stickel, announced his retirement, the paper has his replacement.

Until two years ago, Chris Anderson was the publisher of southern California’s Orange County Register.

He spent 27 years there, and was an editor much of that time.

Anderson has Oregon ties, though. He was born in Heppner, and attended Oregon State University.  

Anderson has bad news waiting for him. A new industry survey shows a 12 percent decline in The Oregonian’s circulation over the last six months.

That’s not as bad as some other big papers — like the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Oregonian’s partner paper, the Newark Star-Ledger — which are both down more than 20 percent.

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