Letter from the Editor: We’re investing in business news

Very last calendar year about this time, we launched on a task to glimpse at the worries confronting downtown Portland just after (we’d hoped) the top of the pandemic and protests. That task, “Downtown in Distress,” involved reporting on homelessness, the temper of downtown residents and the worries for merchants, as very well as outcomes from an independent poll.

The delta and omicron variants threw a wrench in anticipations for a speedy return to usual in 2021. And just a 7 days ago, much more lousy information. A longtime retailer, Margulis Jewelers, introduced it was closing its landmark downtown retailer.

“Customers are unwilling to arrive downtown to store,” owner David Margulis stated in a information launch. “Employees pick not to get the job done downtown.”

It’s clear that additional than two several years into the pandemic, Portland has considerable financial worries. And The Oregonian/OregonLive proceeds to spend in enterprise reporting.

“We’re mobilizing close to a target to address all areas of Oregonians’ money life, from the outcomes of the point out and countrywide overall economy, to browsing for products and providers, to housing, particular finance, and work lifestyle,” mentioned Elliot Njus, who potential customers our Organization & Economic system group.

Njus previously lined real estate/housing, transportation and other topics. Most lately, he led the improvement of podcasts for our newsroom.

Coverage of two key companies in our location falls to veteran company reporters Mike Rogoway and Jeff Manning.

Rogoway is Oregon’s indispensable go through for news about Intel, one of the state’s major non-public companies. At the start out of the pandemic, he practically singlehandedly birddogged the complications the Oregon Employment Section experienced acquiring jobless rewards to Oregonians.

With politics reporter Hillary Borrud in 2020, he broke the story of how Oregon’s failure to waive a week’s hiatus prior to positive aspects started would price tag Oregonians much more than $100 million in federal relief. The governor speedily vowed to reduce the “waiting 7 days.”

Rogoway, who has a master’s of enterprise administration from College of Washington, also covers technology, software program and related corporations. He retains an eye on emerging businesses as properly, these types of as Dutch Bros, the generate-via coffee chain that had its preliminary general public supplying final calendar year.

Manning handles Nike, as properly as connected firms and the intersection of sports and small business. He also reports on wellbeing care corporations and specializes in investigative do the job with an eye towards white collar crime.

Jamie Goldberg, who experienced protected the Portland Timbers/Thorns and the Portland Trail Blazers for us, transferred to organization when sports activities shut down at the start out of the pandemic in 2020. She has used the previous two several years covering the unemployed, the plight of tenants and landlords, and the struggles and successes of compact companies.

Goldberg, who has a master’s diploma in journalism from College of California, Berkeley, is also a breaking news editor component of the 7 days.

A further relative newcomer to the group is Jayati Ramakrishnan, who joined The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2019 from the Hermiston Herald. She started on the breaking news workforce but now addresses transportation and housing. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon Faculty of Journalism and Communications.

Just this month, we’ve additional even additional reporting firepower. Kristine de Leon covers retail, little company and other small business trends for us, these types of as her latest explainer on why gasoline costs change so substantially based on which Oregon county you are in.

De Leon was pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology before catching the reporting bug. She gained her master’s in journalism from University of Southern California. She is proficient in data evaluation, coding and world-wide-web advancement, which will serve her very well as she explores enterprise and financial trends.

When I begun at The Oregonian in 1983, the Company section, like the rest of the newsroom, was predominantly staffed by adult males. What handful of ladies reporters we had were being largely in the attributes division, composing for the Living portion. It is terrific to have a team of Organization reporters with this kind of assorted lifetime encounters, perspectives and passions.

The team’s get the job done is supplemented by other reporters, this sort of as Ted Sickinger, who covers forestry and utilities Borrud, who reviews on state government and politics and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, who is on the Portland Metropolis Hall beat.

We know fascination in business matters is solid. We can see that through the big quantities of folks who read posts on OregonLive and comply with us on social media (On Twitter, @OregonianBiz has the second major adhering to after our primary account). You can indicator up for our Oregon Company Insights newsletter at oregonlive.com/newsletters.

The Oregonian/OregonLive’s workers left our downtown offices and went to distant operate March 17, 2020. This spring, we anticipate some journalists will return to our places of work together Southwest Initial Avenue and others will proceed to get the job done remotely. I hope to see our reporters and editors again visiting workplaces, masking functions, and meeting resources for coffee experience to deal with, just as usually as we utilised to. I’m wanting ahead to spending extra of my time in our downtown newsroom yet again.

Note: Longtime Oregon civic leader Gerry Frank was questioned to create a column for The Oregonian back again in 1988. His column, named “Friday Surprise” soon after the Meier & Frank profits by that title, appeared in the A part for several decades.

Much more recently, in the attributes section, his well known month to month column highlighted Oregon journey and dining potential clients for visitors. Frank died March 13 at age 98. We know viewers will pass up his educational ideas and insights, as will we.