Reporting The Oregon Story: How Activists And Visionaries Transformed A State

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Reporting The Oregon Story: How Activists And Visionaries Transformed A State
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Oregon Historical Society says
Presented by Floyd J. McKay, in partnership with OSU Press
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
6pm – 7:30pm
Oregon Historical Society
Free and open to the public

Oregon entered a new era in 1964 with the election of Tom McCall as Secretary of State and Bob Straub as State Treasurer. Their political rivalry formed the backdrop for two of Oregon’s most transformative decades, as they successively fought for, lost, and won the governorship. A political reporter for The Oregon Statesman in Salem, and then as news analyst for KGW-TV in Portland, Floyd McKay was known for asking tough questions and pulling no punches. As major actors fade from the scene and new leaders emerge, McKay casts a backwards glance at enduring Oregon legends. Half a century later, amid today’s cynicism and disillusionment with media, politics, and politicians, Reporting the Oregon Story serves as a timely reminder that charged politics and bitter rivalries can also come hand-in-hand with lasting social progress.

Floyd J. McKay was a leading journalist at The Oregon Statesman in Salem, and as news analyst at KGW-TV in Portland. For his work as a reporter and producer of documentaries, he won the DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Award, the “Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting.” He holds a PhD in Media History from the University of Washington. He was a Nieman Fellow in journalism at Harvard University and taught journalism at Western Washington University. McKay lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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