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Malheur Enterprise wins top national award for Montwheeler work

Investigative Reporters and Editors on Monday announced it was giving its FOI Award to the Malheur Enterprise and staff that worked on investigating Anthony Montwheeler's background. The award goes to, from left, reporter Pat Caldwell, editor Les Zaitz, and reporter John L. Braese (The Enterprise/Scotta Callister)

VALE – The Malheur Enterprise has won a national journalism honor for work last year investigating the history of Anthony Montwheeler.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national journalism organization, announced Monday that its FOI Award will go to the Enterprise and the reporting team of Editor Les Zaitz and reporters John L. Braese and Pat Caldwell. The award recognizes an “individual or organization whose actions further open records or open government.”

This is the first time in the 20-year history of the award that a community weekly newspaper has been cited . . .