Pamplin Media Group

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Pamplin Media Group
FounderRobert B. Pamplin, Jr.
Area served
Portland metropolitan area
Number of employees

The Pamplin Media Group (PMG) is a media conglomerate owned by Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. and operating primarily in the Portland metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of 2019, the company owns 25 newspapers and employs 200 people.[1]


The Portland Tribune newspaper, founded by Pamplin in 2001, is the largest newspaper in the group. PMG also includes a group of newspapers formerly known as Community Newspapers, Incorporated, serving the Portland area. Most of them are published once a week. The company launched the Hillsboro Tribune in September 2012.[2] As of 2009, it owned newspapers in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Columbia counties.[3] On January 8, 2013, it bought five newspapers from Eagle Newspapers, Inc. in the Portland area (Canby Herald, Wilsonville Spokesman, Molalla Pioneer, The Newberg Graphic, and the Woodburn Independent), along with The Madras Pioneer in Central Oregon.[4][5] In June 2013, it also purchased the Central Oregonian from Eagle.[6]

In 2014, Pamplin partnered with the EO Media Group, which publishes the East Oregonian and several other weekly and monthly publications in Oregon, to form the Oregon Capital Bureau and publish the Oregon Capital Insider newsletter. The partnership came as the number of reporters assigned to state capital bureaus nationwide was on the decline.

In 2018, the newly-launched Salem Reporter joined the bureau, and its publisher, Les Zaitz, was assigned to lead its three reporters. The Salem Reporter left the cooperative in early 2020 and Zaitz left the operation. The Oregon Capital Bureau as of late winter 2020 includes just the EO Media Group and Pamplin.[7]

On July 19, 2022, digital editor Geoff Pursinger published a column announcing Pamplin would no longer host online comments on the articles published to its websites starting Aug. 1.[8]

Each chain writes and edits its own stories and shares them with each other and several subscribers, including newspapers in Medford, Corvallis, and Albany.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]


State City Newspaper
Oregon Beaverton Beaverton Valley Times
Sellwood The Bee
Canby Canby Herald
Prineville Central Oregonian[17]
Clackamas The Clackamas Review
Estacada Estacada News
Forest Grove Forest Grove News-Times
Hillsboro Hillsboro Tribune
King City King City Regal Courier
Lake Oswego Lake Oswego Review
Madras The Madras Pioneer
Molalla Molalla Pioneer
Newberg The Newberg Graphic
Canby North Willamette News
Oregon City Oregon City News
Gresham The Outlook
Portland Portland Tribune
Sandy The Sandy Post
Sherwood Sherwood Gazette
Scappoose Columbia County Spotlight
Southwest Portland Southwest Community Connection
Tigard The Times
West Linn West Linn Tidings
Wilsonville Wilsonville Spokesman
Woodburn Woodburn Independent


  1. ^ Rogoway, Mike (September 19, 2019). "Pamplin Media cuts pay, hours amid media industry's continued troubles". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Redden, Jim (September 5, 2012). "Survey: City hits home run". Hillsboro Tribune. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  3. ^ Rafter, Michelle V. (January 31, 2009). "Good News for Small Papers". Oregon Business. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pamplin Media Group acquires 6 weekly papers from Eagle Newspapers". The Oregonian. January 8, 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  5. ^ Giegerich, Andy (January 8, 2013). "Pamplin Media buys more papers". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ Giegerich, Andy (June 27, 2013). "Pamplin group buys Prineville's Central Oregonian paper". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "About Us". Oregon Capital Insider. Archived from the original on 2021-11-14. Retrieved 2022-07-25.
  8. ^ Pursinger, Geoff. "Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment isn't". Retrieved 2022-07-25.
  9. ^ Hare, Kristen (September 24, 2018). "In Oregon, three news organizations are teaming up to cover state government". Poynter. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Ingram, Mathew (September 26, 2018). "Zuckerberg's death grip on Instagram". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Salem Reporter joins 2 news groups to expand state reporting". Salem Reporter. September 24, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Media teams join forces to cover state government, politics". Portland Tribune. September 24, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Expanded state government reporting comes to Oregon". Blue Mountain Eagle. September 24, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "EO Media Group, Pamplin launch Salem bureau for statehouse reporting". Capital Press. August 1, 2014. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ "Newsletter covering Oregon government debuts". Blue Mountain Eagle. February 23, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. ^ Insider, Oregon Capital. " | Oregon Capital Insider is an independent source of exclusive news and insight about state government delivered conveniently by email each Friday to subscribers". Oregon Capital Insider.
  17. ^ Pamplin Media Group (27 June 2013). "Pamplin newspaper group buys Central Oregonian". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 21 December 2013.[verification needed]

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