I learned early that journalism can be a hazardous career.
I’ve been called not-so-nice names, threatened bodily harm and criticized for news stories and editorials that I wrote.
More recently another journalist who is a friend of mine has received more deadly threats because of his role in helping keep the world informed about the occupation and aftermath of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon by armed anti-government militants.
Les Zaitz has the build of a linebacker and is tenacious in gathering information as an investigative reporter. He’s one of the best in the business at exposing corruption and illegal activity in public lives and places.
So, what else would you expect when Les, the journalist turned part-time cowboy, learns about the occupation not far from the ranch that he and his wife own and operate several miles north of the wildlife refuge. He knows the territory, the back story, the issues and the people who populate the area.
As he explained recently during a meeting of journalists, Les realized the importance of the story and drew reporters and photographs from The Oregonian, his parent newspaper 300 miles away in Portland.
What transpired after Jan. 2 has been covered by journalists worldwide, much of which was made possible by Les and other members of the Oregon press who camped out in Burns for several weeks. Continue reading RIDIN’ THE RANGE RISKY ROUNDING UP NEWS