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Lynne Terry takes over as new editor of the Oregon Capital Chronicle

By: - July 1, 2022 2:03 pm

Lynne Terry is the Oregon Capital Chronicle’s new editor. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

The Oregon Capital Chronicle has a new editor. 

Lynne Terry, who has served as deputy editor since the digital news outlet launched in October 2021, is taking the reins from founding editor Les Zaitz. Terry said she’s thrilled – and grateful – to become editor.

“I know I have big shoes to fill,” she said. “Les has been a terrific editor and is one of the best, if not the best, in the business in Oregon. I hopped on the opportunity to work with him when he offered me the job. Like Les, I have years of experience in Oregon and am equally passionate about providing readers with in-depth, balanced and comprehensive stories that help them with decisions in their lives.”

Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including three years as the editor of the Lund Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan Oregon-based news site that covers the health care industry, and 18 years at the Oregonian. She ended her career there as a health care reporter with multiple investigative and other awards.

And before that, she served as NPR’s Paris correspondent, a job that allowed her to report on the “quirky and maddening” French people and their culture, fractured political landscape and plight of immigrants.

“I learned to cook in Paris, and today, food remains a passion,” Terry said.

As deputy editor of the Capital Chronicle, she worked closely with Zaitz and the outlet’s reporters, filling in when Zaitz was busy. She’s a skilled line editor and a champion for reporters.

She also produced a steady stream of stories since the site launched. Her series on the lack of behavioral health care for children in Oregon – Children in Crisis – won first place in the small newsroom category in the recent Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition, which covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

She covered the most controversial bill in the last legislative session, which will phase in overtime pay for farmworkers, careful to give weight to opposing sides, and she’s written about long waits for reporting child abuse and neglect

Zaitz, who hired Terry and previously worked with her at the Oregonian, praised her promotion. 

“I’ve worked with Lynne off and on for many years and she has proven herself an incredibly tenacious and fearless journalist,” Zaitz said. “Oregonians are fortunate to have her now at the helm of the Capital Chronicle.”

Terry is now among 28 editors of similar newsrooms in states across the country, as part of the States Newsroom, a growing North Carolina-based nonprofit that is focused on state policies and statehouse coverage to fill the gap of shrinking newsrooms. Andrea Verykoukis, deputy director of the States Newsroom, said Terry was a good fit for the job.

“Lynne is the perfect person to build on the great work the Capital Chronicle has been doing in its first year,” Verykoukis said. “Her distinguished career is proof of her commitment to providing Oregonians critical reporting they can depend on to make informed choices about their lives and their state.”

One of Terry’s first tasks in her new role is hiring a third reporter to cover justice and human services. Interested journalists can apply online.

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Julia Shumway
Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway has reported on government and politics in Iowa and Nebraska, spent time at the Bend Bulletin and most recently was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. An award-winning journalist, Julia most recently reported on the tangled efforts to audit the presidential results in Arizona.