Peter Bhatia has been at The Oregonian for 20 years and he’s served in the paper’s top editorial position since 2010. During his time in the newsroom, the paper has won six Pulitzer prizes. He’ll be leaving Portland and The Oregonian this summer to take a teaching position at Arizona State University.
It’s been a tumultuous time for the paper this past year. Bhatia oversaw a series of layoffs — dozens of newsroom staff last June and another round in February. As The Oregonian changed to a four-day-a-week delivery schedule and from a broadsheet to a tabloid format, Bhatia also helped make the transition to a new approach to digital journalism some have called a “quota” system.
Last summer, The Oregonian announced the formation of a new company, The Oregonian Media Group. Bhatia was named vice president of content for the new venture. “I’m glad to be part of a company that’s aggressively trying to create a future,” Bhatia told NPR earlier this year.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017