Jillian Daley, Patrick Malee are added to the newsroom team

by: VERN UYETAKE - Jillian DaleyPatrick MaleeThe Lake Oswego Review-West Linn Tidings newsroom has added two reporters into the mix: Jillian Daley, who becomes the Review’s education reporter, and Patrick Malee, who becomes the Tidings’ education reporter. Daley and Malee will write news stories and features for both newspapers.

“Having Jillian and Patrick join our team will make us much stronger going forward,” said Martin Forbes, managing editor for the Review and Tidings. “We are delighted to have them here.”

Drew Dakessian, former Review education reporter, will now focus exclusively on writing for the Southwest Community Connection, which she has worked on since last summer. Dakessian can be reached at 503-636-1281, ext. 108, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Barb Randall, who wears a variety of hats for the Review, will now be in charge of the entire B section that runs jointly in the Review and the Tidings. This includes our weekly Neighbors feature and Community, Seniors, Entertainment, Business and Homes sections (the last two swap places every other week). Randall will no longer handle the other part of the Review’s education beat but will continue to write obituaries and wedding and engagement announcements. Randall can be reached at 503-636-1281, ext. 100, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Originally hailing from Corvallis, Daley is a Southwest Portland resident who always has loved the feel of small-town, high-culture Lake Oswego. After years of visiting the city’s farmers market and French bakery, Daley said she is excited to spend her days here as the Review’s new education reporter. She’ll be taking on hard news and composing features for both newspapers.

Daley graduated from Oregon State University with an English degree in 2000. She was about to head over to the University of Chicago to earn her master’s degree in English when she decided that instead of reading other people’s writing, she wanted to put pen to paper herself.

She packed up, left Corvallis and headed south, working for the Eugene Weekly for a few months before going back to school at the University of Oregon, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

As the education reporter at the U of O’s Oregon Daily Emerald, she discovered journalism is full of wildly divergent personalities crammed into a tiny newsroom under stressful circumstances. She felt right at home.

She launched her career at a couple of newspapers in Ohio, interning at the Coshocton Tribune and handling police and courts coverage at The Marion Star. A convicted bank robber in leg irons and handcuffs once chased her down a hallway while she worked at The Star. He did not catch her, although he was fairly quick despite his leg restraints.

Daley ended up on the West Coast after a couple of years and then spent almost two years reporting on education and local government news for the Visalia Times-Delta in Visalia, Calif., and for its sister paper in a little city called Tulare.

But, she always wanted to go home to Oregon and eventually landed a job at the Statesman Journal in Salem. In her five years at the Statesman, she wrote a plethora of stories on topics such as community news, local government, education, breaking news and transportation. She was assigned to cover speeches on dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Moving to Portland was the best decision Daley ever made, and before she landed a job with the Review, she spent her weekdays freelancing for The Oregonian and The Southwest Portland Post.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and dozing off on the hammock in her backyard after pretending to do yard work.

“Jillian is an incredibly strong addition to our group,” said Forbes. “She is hard charging, comes highly recommended and has been a newspaper reporter at a variety of different types of papers. We couldn’t be happier that she decided to join us.”

She can be reached at 503-636-1281, ext. 109, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Malee knew he wanted to be a journalist back when he first started working at his high school newspaper in Evanston, Ill. What he didn’t quite realize was that the journey would lead him all the way to the Pacific Northwest, first in Eugene as a student at the University of Oregon and now as the Tidings’ newest reporter.

Malee will cover the West Linn-Wilsonville School District for the Tidings while also writing features for both the Tidings and the Review.

“I got into journalism to tell people’s stories in a way that’s both accurate and engaging,” Malee said. “I couldn’t be more excited to learn about the West Linn community and help share what makes it tick.”

Malee moved to Portland in the fall of 2012 after spending his first post-graduate summer as an intern at The Register-Guard in Eugene. The bright lights of the skyline immediately felt like home, and since moving he has spent much of his time exploring the ins and outs of the city.

While studying journalism at the University of Oregon, Malee worked for three years at the campus newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald, as both a sports reporter and editor. During the summer of 2011, he traveled to Ghana and interned at the country’s largest newspaper — the Daily Graphic.

“We are excited to welcome Patrick to our team at the West Linn Tidings,” said Lori Hall, editor of the Tidings.

Forbes agreed.

“We had more than 100 people show interest in this position,” Forbes said. “It is quite the tribute to Patrick’s abilities and what other people had to say about him that he rose all the way to the top. We are very pleased to have him join us.”

In his free time, Malee enjoys watching professional basketball, discovering new music and reading. To reach him, phone 503-636-1281, ext. 106, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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