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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Progress On Washington Wildfires
4:09 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Central Wash. Fire Crews Begin To Head Home

Crews are beginning to head home from the biggest wildfires in central Washington.
Michael Pennavaria InciWeb

Crews are beginning to head home from the biggest wildfires that have been burning for the last two weeks in central Washington. But there are still more than 4,000 people working to contain the blazes on the east slopes of the Washington Cascades. That’s down about 800 from the peak workforce last weekend.

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Economic Impact Of Wildfires
5:15 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fires Not All Bad For Local Economies

The influx of firefighters to a wildfire can offset economic damage to tourism and natural resources.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews continue to make progress on several wildfires in central Washington. State health officials say the air is smoky enough around Wenatchee to be unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems.

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Oregon Senator Resigning
4:40 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Oregon State Sen. Frank Morse To Resign

Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse will resign his seat.
Campaign photo Northwest News Network

Long-time Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse says will resign his seat. In an emotional speech on the floor of the state Senate Friday, Morse said he no longer has the energy for what he called a “marathon with no finish line.”

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Central Washington Wildfires
5:27 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Weather Helps Central Wash. Fire, But Not For Long

Smoke from the Wenatchee Complex Fire pours into the sky around Wenatchee, Wash.
Wenatchee Valley Rappellers

Smoke in central Washington is so thick schools sent kids home early in the town of Cashmere. They’ll start two hours later Friday.

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Central Washington Wildfires
6:16 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Residents Report Central Washington Smells Like Smoke

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash
Photo by user Teresia Flickr

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy. Vicky Cibcki works at the Anjou Bakery near the town of Cashmere.

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Central Washington Wildfires
4:47 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Smoke, Haze Cover Central Washington

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash.
teresia Flickr

A smoky haze is covering much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee. About 150 homes have been evacuated there, along with another 40 near the town of Cashmere. Fire managers have told even more people to be ready to flee.

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Central Washington Wildfires
4:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Central Wasington Communities Cope With Smoke

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy.

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Kitzhaber Appeals Reprieve Decision
5:33 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kitzhaber To Appeal Execution Reprieve Decision

Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to appeal a decision that clears the way for Oregon's first execution in 15 years.
Orna Izakson Wikimedia Commons

The case of an Oregon death row inmate seeking his own execution is headed for a higher court. Gov.John Kitzhaber said Tuesday he plans to ask an appeals court to overturn a decision that cleared the way for the state’s first execution since 1997.

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Hazardous Charred Trees
4:13 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Burned Trees Pose Risk To Returning Evacuees

Trees burned by wildfires can pose big risks to property owners.
Liz Banse

Property owners in central Washington are confronting a common issue after wildfires: safety around charred trees.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
4:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Last Stretch Of Taylor Bridge Fire Hard To Contain

The last open stretch of the Taylor Bridge fire is in especially steep, rocky terrain.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire. The blaze near Cle Elum, Wash., is 90 percent surrounded by fire lines, with full containment expected by Friday. The last open stretch of wildfire is in especially steep, rocky terrain.

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