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Investigation of Greg Smith wins top honors for the Enterprise

Greg Smith, Malheur County’s economic development director, speaking to county commissioners last December. (The Enterprise/file)

An investigation into state Rep. Greg Smith’s public and private ventures won honors for journalistic excellence for the Malheur Enterprise in results announced Monday night.

“Public money, private empire” won first place in politics and government reporting and was the runner up for investigative reporting in regional competition in the West.

The report, published in June 2019, traced how Smith, a Republican legislator from Heppner, holds two full-time jobs while also serving in the Legislature and as director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department. The investigation tracked . . .