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Veteran Political Reporter Jeff Mapes Joins OPB Newsroom


OPB is pleased to announce a new addition to the OPB newsroom: veteran political reporter Jeff Mapes.

Mapes recently concluded his distinguished tenure with The Oregonian where he was the senior political writer and author of the “Mapes on Politics” blog.  He has covered Oregon politics since 1984 and reported on numerous legislative sessions and political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.  He’s met every president since Gerald Ford.   

For several years, OPB listeners have heard Mapes during OPB’s Friday morning political chat with OPB’s Morning Edition host, Geoff Norcross, and political analyst, Bill Lunch. He will continue to contribute to these weekly conversations and will appear on other OPB programs throughout the 2016 election season and beyond. He will also contribute work to opb.org.  

Before he joined The Oregonian, Mapes was a Washington correspondent for Scripps League Newspapers for four years and began his career at the Napa Register in California. He is a journalism graduate of San Jose State University. 

Mapes is the author of the 2009 book, “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities,” and has won numerous journalism awards throughout his career.

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