Very last yr about this time, we introduced on a challenge to search at the difficulties confronting downtown Portland immediately after (we’d hoped) the height of the pandemic and protests. That job, “Downtown in Distress,” provided reporting on homelessness, the temper of downtown citizens and the worries for stores, as very well as outcomes from an independent poll.
The delta and omicron variants threw a wrench in anticipations for a brief return to regular in 2021. And just a week back, extra lousy information. A longtime retailer, Margulis Jewelers, introduced it was closing its landmark downtown retail outlet.
“Customers are reluctant to arrive downtown to store,” owner David Margulis said in a information launch. “Employees decide on not to operate downtown.”
It is apparent that more than two several years into the pandemic, Portland has substantial financial troubles. And The Oregonian/OregonLive continues to devote in organization reporting.
“We’re mobilizing all over a target to go over all factors of Oregonians’ fiscal life, from the effects of the state and national financial system, to searching for goods and expert services, to housing, private finance, and do the job existence,” said Elliot Njus, who prospects our Business & Financial state group.
Njus beforehand included actual estate/housing, transportation and other subjects. Most lately, he led the growth of podcasts for our newsroom.
Protection of two main businesses in our region falls to veteran business enterprise reporters Mike Rogoway and Jeff Manning.
Rogoway is Oregon’s indispensable examine for information about Intel, one of the state’s largest non-public employers. At the begin of the pandemic, he almost singlehandedly birddogged the difficulties the Oregon Work Division had getting 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 before gains started would value Oregonians additional than $100 million in federal reduction. The governor speedily vowed to do away with the “waiting week.”
Rogoway, who has a master’s of small business administration from College of Washington, also handles technologies, software program and linked businesses. He retains an eye on rising enterprises as well, this sort of as Dutch Bros, the generate-via espresso chain that experienced its initial general public offering last calendar year.
Manning covers Nike, as perfectly as linked corporations and the intersection of sports and business. He also reports on overall health care enterprises and specializes in investigative work with an eye toward white collar crime.
Jamie Goldberg, who had included the Portland Timbers/Thorns and the Portland Trail Blazers for us, transferred to company when sports activities shut down at the start of the pandemic in 2020. She has put in the earlier two a long time covering the unemployed, the plight of tenants and landlords, and the struggles and successes of little enterprises.
Goldberg, who has a master’s degree in journalism from College of California, Berkeley, is also a breaking news editor element of the week.
A different relative newcomer to the team is Jayati Ramakrishnan, who joined The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2019 from the Hermiston Herald. She begun on the breaking information staff but now addresses transportation and housing. She is a graduate of the College of Oregon University of Journalism and Communications.
Just this month, we’ve additional even extra reporting firepower. Kristine de Leon handles retail, small enterprise and other business developments for us, this sort of as her recent explainer on why gasoline price ranges range so significantly relying on which Oregon county you are in.
De Leon was pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology just before catching the reporting bug. She attained her master’s in journalism from College of Southern California. She is skilled in facts investigation, coding and web growth, which will provide her very well as she explores small business and economic trends.
When I begun at The Oregonian in 1983, the Business office, like the rest of the newsroom, was predominantly staffed by males. What few gals reporters we had had been primarily in the options office, crafting for the Living part. It is good to have a crew of Enterprise reporters with such various everyday living ordeals, views and interests.
The team’s function is supplemented by other reporters, these types of as Ted Sickinger, who covers forestry and utilities Borrud, who reports on state government and politics and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, who is on the Portland Metropolis Hall conquer.
We know curiosity in organization topics is strong. We can see that via the substantial quantities of people who read posts on OregonLive and comply with us on social media (On Twitter, @OregonianBiz has the second greatest next soon after our most important account). You can sign up for our Oregon Small business Insights newsletter at oregonlive.com/newsletters.
The Oregonian/OregonLive’s workforce still left our downtown workplaces and went to remote get the job done March 17, 2020. This spring, we anticipate some journalists will return to our workplaces alongside Southwest Initial Avenue and other individuals will continue on to do the job remotely. I hope to see our reporters and editors back again browsing workplaces, covering occasions, and conference resources for coffee face to confront, just as often as we made use of to. I’m wanting forward to paying more of my time in our downtown newsroom all over again.
Be aware: Longtime Oregon civic chief Gerry Frank was requested to compose a column for The Oregonian back again in 1988. His column, named “Friday Surprise” after the Meier & Frank product sales by that identify, appeared in the A area for quite a few years.
More just lately, in the capabilities segment, his well-known month-to-month column highlighted Oregon journey and dining prospective buyers for readers. Frank died March 13 at age 98. We know audience will skip his educational ideas and insights, as will we.