«Class of 2008

Rick Attig

associate editor, Portland Oregonian

Attig was born and raised on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene. Even before he graduated, he was working as a journalist for the Springfield (OR) News. A year after graduation, in 1984, he went to the Bend (OR) Bulletin daily newspaper where he held a number of positions including senior writer, editorial page editor, and in 1995, executive editor. Since 1998, he has been the associate editor and member of the editorial board for The Oregonian in Portland. He has been recognized in his field with over 40 national, state, and regional awards. Attig was part of a team that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Oregonian, for a series of articles and editorials about abuses in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 2006, he won his second Pulitzer Prize, as well as the National Headliners 1st Place Award, and was a finalist for the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, for his editorial writing about abuses at the Oregon State Hospital for the mentally ill.

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