Very last 12 months about this time, we introduced on a challenge to search at the problems confronting downtown Portland after (we’d hoped) the height of the pandemic and protests. That project, “Downtown in Distress,” integrated reporting on homelessness, the mood of downtown residents and the problems for stores, as nicely as final results from an independent poll.
The delta and omicron variants threw a wrench in anticipations for a fast return to standard in 2021. And just a week back, far more undesirable news. A longtime retailer, Margulis Jewelers, announced it was closing its landmark downtown retailer.
“Customers are unwilling to occur downtown to store,” proprietor David Margulis stated in a information release. “Employees pick not to work downtown.”
It’s apparent that extra than two decades into the pandemic, Portland has major economic troubles. And The Oregonian/OregonLive carries on to invest in company reporting.
“We’re mobilizing close to a purpose to address all aspects of Oregonians’ monetary life, from the results of the state and national economic system, to browsing for products and services, to housing, private finance, and get the job done lifetime,” claimed Elliot Njus, who prospects our Small business & Overall economy crew.
Njus earlier protected true estate/housing, transportation and other subjects. Most recently, he led the growth of podcasts for our newsroom.
Protection of two important companies in our area falls to veteran enterprise reporters Mike Rogoway and Jeff Manning.
Rogoway is Oregon’s indispensable examine for news about Intel, one of the state’s greatest private businesses. At the start out of the pandemic, he practically singlehandedly birddogged the complications the Oregon Employment Department experienced having jobless positive aspects to Oregonians.
With politics reporter Hillary Borrud in 2020, he broke the story of how Oregon’s failure to waive a week’s hiatus right before added benefits started would expense Oregonians a lot more than $100 million in federal aid. The governor speedily vowed to get rid of the “waiting 7 days.”
Rogoway, who has a master’s of enterprise administration from University of Washington, also addresses engineering, program and linked providers. He keeps an eye on rising enterprises as very well, this sort of as Dutch Bros, the push-via coffee chain that had its initial public presenting last year.
Manning handles Nike, as nicely as similar organizations and the intersection of sports and company. He also experiences on wellness care companies and specializes in investigative perform with an eye toward white collar criminal offense.
Jamie Goldberg, who experienced protected the Portland Timbers/Thorns and the Portland Path Blazers for us, transferred to business enterprise when sports shut down at the start of the pandemic in 2020. She has put in the past two yrs masking the unemployed, the plight of tenants and landlords, and the struggles and successes of small businesses.
Goldberg, who has a master’s degree in journalism from College of California, Berkeley, is also a breaking news editor element of the week.
Another relative newcomer to the workforce is Jayati Ramakrishnan, who joined The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2019 from the Hermiston Herald. She started out on the breaking information crew but now handles transportation and housing. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon College of Journalism and Communications.
Just this month, we’ve extra even extra reporting firepower. Kristine de Leon covers retail, smaller business enterprise and other company developments for us, such as her new explainer on why gasoline prices vary so significantly depending on which Oregon county you are in.
De Leon was pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology prior to catching the reporting bug. She attained her master’s in journalism from College of Southern California. She is expert in information assessment, coding and website development, which will serve her perfectly as she explores company and financial tendencies.
When I started out at The Oregonian in 1983, the Company division, like the rest of the newsroom, was predominantly staffed by men. What handful of women reporters we had had been generally in the capabilities section, composing for the Living part. It’s excellent to have a crew of Company reporters with this sort of numerous existence encounters, perspectives and interests.
The team’s get the job done is supplemented by other reporters, this kind of as Ted Sickinger, who covers forestry and utilities Borrud, who reviews on point out government and politics and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, who is on the Portland City Corridor beat.
We know fascination in company matters is powerful. We can see that via the massive quantities of men and women who go through content articles on OregonLive and follow us on social media (On Twitter, @OregonianBiz has the second biggest next following our major account). You can indication up for our Oregon Company Insights publication at oregonlive.com/newsletters.
The Oregonian/OregonLive’s workforce still left our downtown offices and went to distant work March 17, 2020. This spring, we be expecting some journalists will return to our places of work along Southwest Very first Avenue and other people will go on to work remotely. I hope to see our reporters and editors back viewing workplaces, masking events, and meeting sources for espresso deal with to face, just as typically as we employed to. I’m on the lookout forward to expending extra of my time in our downtown newsroom all over again.
Take note: Longtime Oregon civic chief Gerry Frank was questioned to create a column for The Oregonian back in 1988. His column, named “Friday Surprise” just after the Meier & Frank income by that title, appeared in the A area for numerous decades.
Much more not too long ago, in the features part, his well-liked regular monthly column highlighted Oregon journey and dining prospective clients for readers. Frank died March 13 at age 98. We know audience will miss his insightful guidelines and insights, as will we.