|A mother checks stock at a food pantry in Adrian, Oregon, population 177. A food bank|
closed in May because it lost its space. (Malheur Enterprise photo by Andie Kalinowski)
Two USC professors had worked up a course on rural reporting, and reached out to the Enterprise, which is widely known as a paper that punches above its weight -- thanks to Zaitz, who has been an investigative reporter and editor in Oregon for 50 years. He gave the professors and the five students they selected a detailed memo outling key questions that needed answering. They reported first from Los Angeles, reaching out to state agencies and experts at Oregon universities, then made a two-week reporting trip to Malheur County, Zaitz writes.
- Malheur’s kids in peril as parents, programs struggle with economic, social challenges
- Children tucked into RVs, living with friends as Malheur County housing remains inadequate
- Children in Malheur County going hungry as families struggle with income, issues
- In Malheur County, school workers step in to care for children short of food, clothing
- Kids face stress, mental health issues – but help is scarce