National group tabs Enterprise for journalism expansion

Reporters Pat Caldwell and Kristine de Leon of the Malheur Enterprise work on stories in the Vale newsroom. (The Enterprise/File)

The Malheur Enterprise has been selected to participate in a national reporting program designed to place journalists in communities around the country to deepen local news coverage.

The Enterprise is the only Oregon news outlet selected by Report for America, a national service organization.

The Vale news operation will receive funding to pay for half the salary of a new reporter, with the Enterprise covering the remaining costs with local donations and from company operations. The reporter, not yet selected, would work in Vale for a year starting in June.

“This is a remarkable development for Malheur County,” said Les Zaitz, Enterprise publisher and editor. “This allows us to more rapidly expand our news . . .