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Malheur Enterprise wins national funding for expanded investigative reporting work

The Malheur Enterprise is one of seven news outlets picked from across the U.S. to take part in a program to expand local investigative reporting.

In the next year, the Enterprise will receive funding to hire a full-time reporter assigned exclusively to a major investigative project. Jayme Fraser will join the Enterprise's two-person reporting crew. She is currently a reporter with the Missoulian, the daily newspaper in Missoula, Mont.

ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative reporting powerhouse based in New York, announced its selections Friday morning. The news organization has won several Pulitzer Prizes for its own work, and will provide editing, research and presentation help to the Enterprise and other newsrooms. The Enterprise’s application was among 239 submitted for the first year of the program and was the only weekly chosen.

This brings significant additional journalistic resources to Malheur County, the poorest county in Oregon. The . . .