Medford Peter

Portland Tribune and former Medford Mail Tribune reporter Peter Wong.

Medford Peter

With the impending phoenix-like rebirth of The Tribune in Medford — aptly, since Phoenix is a community to the south — I would like to offer some reflections on the recent demise of the Mail Tribune.

Personal, because I worked at the Mail Tribune from 1989 until 2000, mostly as its political and county government reporter. The newspaper (no website then) dropped “Medford” from its nameplate a few months after I was hired.

Peter Wong covers Oregon politics for Pamplin Media Group.


“When I decided to pursue reporting as a career five decades ago, I did so while living, learning and working in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. But aside from the fact that most young reporters do not get their start in those cities — at least back then — I felt something was missing. That was a more intimate connection with readers and audiences that cannot be acquired from working in large metro areas. So I’ve spent my entire reporting career with news organizations in smaller cities. “Pamplin Media Group is that rarity that combines local journalism in two dozen communities with the reach of a larger organization in a mid-sized metro area. Yes, I report on Oregon government and politics, but I do it with a sense of the readers living and working in our communities.”

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