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Lake Oswego hires new education reporter

Meet Jillian Daley


Originally hailing from Corvallis, Jillian 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 is excited to spend her days here as the Lake Oswego Review’s new education reporter. She’ll be taking on hard news and composing features for both the Review and the West Linn Tidings.by: VERN UYETAKE - Jillian Daley

“We are excited to have Jillian join our team. She brings experience and a fresh voice to the newspaper,” Tidings Editor Lori Hall said.

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 and 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 got a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

As the education reporter at the U of O’s Oregon Daily Emerald, she discovered that 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, eventually landing 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,” Managing Editor Martin Forbes said. “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. .




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