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Statewide news outlet run by Malheur Enterprise editor will cover state government, politics

Julia Shumway, Lynne Terry, Les Zaitz and Alex Baumhardt (left to right) are the four-person team behind Oregon Capital Chronicle. (Courtesy/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon Capital Chronicle, a Salem-based news outlet dedicated to reporting on state government and politics, will debut Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Veteran investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer finalist Les Zaitz will serve as the outlet’s editor-in-chief. Zaitz is the editor of Salem Reporter as well as editor and publisher of the Malheur Enterprise. Zaitz said the Chronicle’s reporters have been working for three weeks to develop stories on state officials, education across Oregon and emergency services during the Covid pandemic.

He said the team will try to “demystify” state government and politics for the average person.

“I think one of our major challenges is trying to translate . . .