Medford Mail Tribune

The Medford Mail Tribune shut down operations earlier this year after more than a century of publishing. A proposal before the 2023 Oregon Legislature would create state grants to go toward helping avert so-called "news deserts," areas without a reliable source of news. 

Separated by age and distance, Wesley McGovern and Jules Walters came together for legislation that attempts to reverse the decline of local news coverage in Oregon.

They were among those who testified in favor of House Bill 2605, which in a revised form would enable state grants to go toward helping avert “news deserts,” as identified in a report released last fall.

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