Colin Fogarty

Northwest News Network Editor

Colin Fogarty fell in love with public radio as a 19–year–old student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He launched his life in radio as a board operator at WMUB, where he spun records for "Mama Jazz." He was always a news junky, but he got hooked on reporting when he covered a 1992 campaign rally. Colin ran across the quad, stuck a microphone in then-Senator Al Gore's face and asked a question. When Gore actually answered, Colin knew he had found his calling.

Colin spent 13 years as a reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering politics and the state legislature. His stories were frequently heard on NPR and won regional and national awards. In September 2008, he landed the best job he could imagine as the editor of a talented team of regional correspondents serving 10 public radio stations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Colin lives in Portland with his wife Stephanie Wiant, their three children and three chickens.

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Around the Nation
12:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Four humanlike figures were painted in a cave in Washington hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:25 am

Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

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Former House Speaker
5:18 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Former Oregon Republican House Speaker Remembered

Oregon Secretary of State

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:08 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers are remembering a former Speaker of the House known for his kindness and devotion to public service.

Lynn Lundquist died Tuesday at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon. He was 78.

Mike McLane is the current state representative from Lundquist’s district in central Oregon. He told colleagues Lundquist was generous not only as a political mentor but as a neighbor too.

“If you were going to burn a fence line, he was there to help with the best sprayer in the county," McLane said. "He was that way.”

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'Tuition Equity' Bill
4:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'Tuition Equity' Signed, Driver Licenses For Undocumented Workers Introduced

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signs the state's 'tuition equity' bill.
Credit Office of the Governor

Students in the country illegally can now pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed what’s known as the “tuition equity” bill into law Tuesday at a crowded ceremony in Salem.

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Democratic Budget Plan
4:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Murray At Center Stage Guiding Democratic Budget Plan

Senator Patty Murray (D - Wash.) is the new chair of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee.
Credit U.S. Senate

Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray took center stage in the other Washington Wednesday. She’s the new chair the U.S. Senate’s budget committee. In that role, Murray outlined the Democrats’ 10-year plan to get the nation closer to a balanced budget.

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Marijuana Laws
3:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Holder: 'Good Communication' About Marijuana, But No Policy Yet

US Senate

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:34 pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he's had what he calls "good communication" with the governors of Washington and Colorado about their states' new marijuana legalization laws. But in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Holder declined to say how his agency will resolve the conflict with federal law.

"We are in the administration at this point considering what the federal government's response to those new statutes will be. I expect that we will have an ability to announce what our policy will be relatively soon."

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Liquor Sales
4:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Washington Liquor Sales Up Over Last Year

Washington voters approved privatized liquor sales last year.
Credit Decatur Wine & Spirits / Wikimedia Commons

There’s new data on the affect of liquor privatization in Washington. According to new numbers released Tuesday that capture the first four months of private liquor sales, sales by volume were up between June and September nearly 3 percent over the same period last year.

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Anti-tax Pledge
4:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Murray Urges More Republicans To Break Anti-tax Pledge

Sen. Patty Murray
Credit CSPAN

U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.

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Road Use Tax
5:31 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Oregon Begins Mileage Tax Pilot Project

A Chevy Volt plugs in to a public charging spot in Olympia.
Credit Photo Credit: Tom Banse

About 40 Oregon drivers are spending this fall measuring their miles on the road. It’s part of a pilot project

to study alternatives to the gas tax.

Oregon lawmakers ordered the research out of concern that gas tax revenue will decline as more drivers switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. That could reduce funding for road maintenance.

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Wash. Governor Race
5:06 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee Organizes Transition Team Despite Continued Vote Counting

Democrat Jay Inslee said he’s forming a transition team.
Credit Debra Wang

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

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Disputed Historic Landmark
5:12 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Oregon History Buffs Dismiss California's Drake Landmark

Garry Gitzen stands over Oregon's Nehalem Bay, which he claims is where Sir Francis Drake spent five weeks in 1579.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Some Northwest history buffs say a newly designated historic landmark in California does not settle a heated debate over where a British explorer landed more than four centuries ago. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar named a site north of San Francisco as the possible landing spot of Sir Francis Drake.

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