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

Very last 12 months about this time, we released on a task to appear at the worries confronting downtown Portland following (we’d hoped) the top of the pandemic and protests. That venture, “Downtown in Distress,” incorporated reporting on homelessness, the mood of downtown people and the difficulties for stores, as perfectly as effects from an impartial poll.

The delta and omicron variants threw a wrench in anticipations for a swift return to usual in 2021. And just a 7 days back, a lot more lousy information. A longtime retailer, Margulis Jewelers, announced it was closing its landmark downtown store.

“Customers are unwilling to appear downtown to shop,” proprietor David Margulis reported in a news launch. “Employees select not to do the job downtown.”

It’s clear that more than two several years into the pandemic, Portland has significant economic troubles. And The Oregonian/OregonLive carries on to commit in enterprise reporting.

“We’re mobilizing around a objective to address all features of Oregonians’ economical life, from the effects of the state and national economic system, to procuring for goods and solutions, to housing, individual finance, and operate lifestyle,” explained Elliot Njus, who leads our Business enterprise & Overall economy workforce.

Njus beforehand protected real estate/housing, transportation and other subjects. Most lately, he led the enhancement of podcasts for our newsroom.

Coverage of two major organizations in our space falls to veteran organization reporters Mike Rogoway and Jeff Manning.

Rogoway is Oregon’s indispensable read through for information about Intel, a single of the state’s most significant personal employers. At the get started of the pandemic, he practically singlehandedly birddogged the issues the Oregon Work Department experienced obtaining jobless rewards to Oregonians.

With politics reporter Hillary Borrud in 2020, he broke the tale of how Oregon’s failure to waive a week’s hiatus right before advantages started out would price tag Oregonians far more than $100 million in federal aid. The governor immediately vowed to eradicate the “waiting 7 days.”

Rogoway, who has a master’s of small business administration from University of Washington, also addresses know-how, application and connected businesses. He retains an eye on emerging enterprises as nicely, such as Dutch Bros, the drive-through coffee chain that experienced its original community featuring last 12 months.

Manning addresses Nike, as well as related providers and the intersection of sporting activities and business. He also reviews on wellness care enterprises and specializes in investigative perform with an eye toward white collar criminal offense.

Jamie Goldberg, who had lined the Portland Timbers/Thorns and the Portland Path Blazers for us, transferred to business enterprise when sporting activities shut down at the begin of the pandemic in 2020. She has invested the previous two years covering the unemployed, the plight of tenants and landlords, and the struggles and successes of little enterprises.

Goldberg, who has a master’s diploma in journalism from College of California, Berkeley, is also a breaking information editor portion of the week.

Another relative newcomer to the staff is Jayati Ramakrishnan, who joined The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2019 from the Hermiston Herald. She began on the breaking information group but now addresses transportation and housing. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications.

Just this thirty day period, we have added even additional reporting firepower. Kristine de Leon covers retail, small business enterprise and other company developments for us, these as her modern explainer on why gasoline prices fluctuate so a great deal relying on which Oregon county you are in.

De Leon was pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology in advance of catching the reporting bug. She attained her master’s in journalism from College of Southern California. She is skilled in details assessment, coding and world wide web improvement, which will provide her properly as she explores organization and economic traits.

When I started off at The Oregonian in 1983, the Business office, like the rest of the newsroom, was predominantly staffed by males. What couple of gals reporters we experienced were principally in the functions department, crafting for the Residing section. It is excellent to have a workforce of Enterprise reporters with these kinds of assorted life ordeals, perspectives and interests.

The team’s work is supplemented by other reporters, these types of as Ted Sickinger, who covers forestry and utilities Borrud, who studies on condition federal government and politics and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, who is on the Portland City Hall beat.

We know desire in business topics is powerful. We can see that through the large numbers of men and women who go through articles on OregonLive and stick to us on social media (On Twitter, @OregonianBiz has the second most important pursuing after our most important account). You can indication up for our Oregon Company Insights e-newsletter at oregonlive.com/newsletters.

The Oregonian/OregonLive’s workers remaining our downtown places of work and went to distant perform March 17, 2020. This spring, we expect some journalists will return to our places of work alongside Southwest Very first Avenue and other people will carry on to operate remotely. I hope to see our reporters and editors back again visiting workplaces, masking functions, and meeting sources for coffee experience to deal with, just as often as we applied to. I’m seeking ahead to spending extra of my time in our downtown newsroom once more.

Be aware: Longtime Oregon civic leader Gerry Frank was questioned to produce a column for The Oregonian back in 1988. His column, named “Friday Surprise” right after the Meier & Frank income by that identify, appeared in the A portion for a lot of years.

Much more recently, in the characteristics section, his common regular monthly column highlighted Oregon journey and eating prospective clients for audience. Frank died March 13 at age 98. We know audience will overlook his useful suggestions and insights, as will we.