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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Lawsuit Against Vatican
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Judge: Vatican Did Not 'Employ' Abusive Priest

A view of Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City.
MargaretNapier Flickr

Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

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Progress On Taylor Bridge Fire
5:33 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Fire Crews Report Progress Fighting Taylor Bridge Fire

An aerial view of some of the 22,000 acres burned by the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire fighting officials in central Washington say it will take five to seven days to contain the Taylor Bridge fire near the town of Cle Elum. In a community meeting Wednesday, incident commander Rex Reed said the blaze has burned 22,000 acres. Previous estimates pegged the fire at more than 28,000 acres. It’s destroyed at least 60 structures.

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Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers
5:11 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers Contradict

Washington added 5,000 jobs in July, but the state's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent.
Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington’s jobs and employment numbers for July contradict each other in the latest figures released Tuesday. Washington gained 5,000 jobs last month. Yet the state’s unemployment rate crept up to 8.5 percent.

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Wash. Liquor Prices
6:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year

Liquor prices in Washington state were 17 percent higher in June 2012 compared to the same month one year ago.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago. The state Department of Revenue says sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington. The drop is partially a result of bars and restaurants stocking their shelves in May.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in [last night’s] Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent. Colin Fogarty reports on what the primary results might or might not mean for November.

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Nike Changes Paterno Facility Name
7:01 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nike Drops Paterno Name From Child Care Facility

Nike's Joe Paterno Child Development Center will get a new name.
Northwest News Network

Shoe giant Nike is dropping the name Joe Paterno from the childcare facility at the company's Beaverton headquarters. It's more fall-out from a new report saying Paterno and other Penn State officials hid critical information about child sex abuse.

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Health Care Ruling Reaction
6:46 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Decision ‘Clears The Runway’ For Oregon Health Care Overhaul

Oregon health officials say Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act “clears the runway” for big changes to the state’s health care system.

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Around the Nation
2:46 am
Sun June 17, 2012

States Stake Claim On Sir Francis Drake's Landing

Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans.
Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 10:23 am

Oregon and California are locked in a dispute over something that happened 433 years ago, when Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans.

It happened on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where? Oregon or California? The National Park Service is now poised to officially recognize one state's claim.

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Northwest Gas Prices Soar
5:52 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

West Coast Gas Prices Higher Than Other Regions

Gas prices in the Northwest are among the highest in the nation.
tinatinatinatinatina/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Gas prices nationwide have been dropping but not in the Northwest. In fact, this Memorial Day weekend, the region's gas prices are among the highest in the nation.

Gas in Washington and Oregon is selling above $4.20 per gallon. It's cheaper in Idaho. But all three states are well above the national average of $3.68 per gallon. The U.S Department of Energy says oil supplies on the West Coast are the lowest they've been since the 1999. Several California oil refineries are offline. And Washington's Cherry Point BP refinery hasn't fully recovered from a fire there in February. Denton Cinquegrana is an editor at the Oil Price Information Service. He says the Northwest just doesn't have the supply routes that other parts of the country have.

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WSU Develop New Battery Tech.
5:39 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

WSU Researchers Patent Longer Battery Life Technology

WSU's Grant Norton says using tin in lithium ion batteries could keep many electronic devices running much longer.
Photo courtesy WSU

Researchers at Washington State University say they've found a way to keep lithium batteries charged three times longer. These are the batteries used in laptops, cell phones and electric vehicles. The key ingredient in the new battery design is tin, as a replacement for carbon, which is more common.

The research is lead by engineering professor Grant Norton. He says the improvements could keep many electronic devices running much longer.

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