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New reporters help blanket Malheur County

The rush of news until now has kept me from an important duty – introducing you to some new faces around the Malheur Enterprise.

Many of you have encountered these reporters in recent weeks. They have thrown themselves into their duty with relish. Let me tell you something about them.

Kristine de Leon is our newest staff reporter. She didn’t start out ambitious to be a journalist.

In fact, she was going to be a scientist. She studied at Ohio State University to go into environmental microbiology. She was examining microbial communities in frozen Arctic soils when she decided to make a change.

“When I realized I’d rather admire science from afar, I traded in my pipettes for a pen, notepad, and the willingness to frequently go outside my comfort zone,” de Leon wrote to me earlier this year . . .