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Enterprise editor honored for ‘courage tenacity and integrity in rural journalism’

Malheur Enterprise Editor Les Zaitz makes a phone call earlier this year. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian.)

Again, the Malheur Enterprise’s aggressive turnaround under owner and editor Les Zaitz will be honored with a national award.

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues announced Tuesday that Zaitz was nominated for and won the 2017 Tom and Pat Gish Award for the rigorous pursuit of local journalism.

"This is more recognition that our staff is serving up national quality journalism to Malheur County," said Zaitz. "We continue to invest in local journalism because it's so important to the communities and people here. Our entire staff shares this honor."

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