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Former OPB Reporter to Head Northwest News Network

OPB | Sept. 2, 2008 3:31 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 11:13 a.m.

Former Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Colin Fogarty has been hired as the new editor of the Northwest News Network, a public radio news cooperative providing comprehensive coverage of regional news issues for more than 1.4 million listeners in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Colorado.

Fogarty was an award-winning reporter with OPB for 13 years, specializing in coverage of the Oregon legislature. Since January, he has been a project manager for nonprofits in the Portland Office of Pyramid Communications. “Public radio is in my blood,” said Fogarty. “This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up because the Northwest News Network has done so much to advance timely, accurate news service to people of the entire Northwest.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Colin back to public radio. He is the perfect professional to move the organization ahead,” said Guy Nelson of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio who headed the search for a network editor. “He has contributed many stories to the national networks and has a strong understanding of the region and its issues. He’s also a skillful editor with a nice touch for storytelling.”

Since its inception in 2003, the Northwest News Network has been headquartered in Seattle. With Fogarty’s hiring, effective September 9, the organization will move its headquarters to Portland and will be housed in the Oregon Public Broadcasting facility on Macadam Avenue.

“We’re looking forward to Colin’s return to our newsroom,” said Morgan Holm, OPB vice president of News and Public Affairs. “We’ve missed his experience and dedication. And now I’m very happy that not only OPB but all of the network members will be able to benefit from Colin’s leadership as the new editor.”

The Northwest News Network harnesses the power of 61 public radio stations to generate in-depth, high-quality news reports and features that capture diversity of the great Northwest. Fogarty, who holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in American studies and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, will manage the network’s four bureaus as well a “roaming” regional news correspondent, Tom Banse, who provides coverage in rural areas of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Other reporters in the Northwest News Network are Chris Lehman headquartered at the state Capitol in Salem; Anna King in Richland; Austin Jenkins at the Capitol in Olympia; and Doug Nadvornick in Coeur d’Alene. This vital service is expanding public radio’s longstanding tradition of public service and further enhances the programming of Northwest public radio stations in major metropolitan areas. Partners in the Northwest News Network include Oregon Public Broadcasting, Boise State Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Jefferson Public Radio, KLCC/Eugene, KMUN/Astoria, KPLU/Tacoma, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and Spokane Public Broadcasting.

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