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IRE Radio Podcast | The Reporter Who Brought Down the Governor

Meet Nigel Jaquiss, the Pulitzer-winning journalist whose reporting brought about the resignation of Oregon’s longest-serving governor. Today we’re exploring Jaquiss’ path from Wall Street oil trader to muckraking journalist. He’s sharing his process for working through an investigation and explaining how he broke stories about some of the state’s most powerful politicians. We’ll also take a look at his most recent investigation, "First Lady Inc.," which recently won IRE’s highest honor for investigative reporting.

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Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week's podcast? We've collected them for you.

  • Read “First Lady Inc.” on the Willamette Week’s website. This story recently won an IRE Medal as well as first place in the 2014 IRE Awards for Print/Online (small).
  • Members only: Learn more about the reporting for “First Lady Inc.” by reading the story questionnaire submitted for the 2014 IRE Awards.
  • Read about Kitzhaber’s resignation, as reported by Nigel Jaquiss.
  • Read “Adams’ Admission,” Jaquiss’ 2009 investigation into then-mayor Sam Adams, who lied about having a sexual relationship with a legislative intern.
  • Read “The 30-Year Secret,” Jaquiss’ Pulitzer-winning investigation into former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt. Jaquiss found that Goldschmidt had sexually abused a teenage girl during his time as mayor or Portland.
  • Learn more about how the Goldschmidt investigation by reading Jaquiss’ account, posted on the Pulitzer website.
  • And if you want to know more about “BlahBlahBlahGate,” you can read an account of what happened on the Willamette Week’s website. Here’s the rest of the video we played from Fox News.



Music in this episode (and most of our episodes) comes from Podington Bear. IRE contributor Shelby Mann interviewed Jaquiss and wrote the script for this episode. Sarah Hutchins edited the podcast with help from Shawn Shinneman. Podcast host George Varney produced the episode.

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