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Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss to Receive National Press Foundation Chairman’s Citationnew

"Jaquiss and his editors at Willamette Week have repeatedly shown that even the smallest media company can produce journalism of the highest order and utmost consequence to readers and residents."
National Press Foundation  |  02-10-2016  4:00 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Willamette Week Wins IRE Medalnew

Nigel Jaquiss' reporting led to the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, earning him the highest honor given out by the Investigative Reporters & Editors.
IRE  |  04-03-2015  5:00 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Willamette Week Reporter Takes Down Another Governornew

That Nigel Jaquiss was the reporter who brought down Oregon's governor is hardly a surprise. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting that former Oregon governor and ex-Cabinet official Neil Goldschmidt, a revered figure in the state, had had a long-term sexual relationship with a teenage babysitter.
USA Today  |  02-19-2015  5:00 pm  |  Honors & Achievements


Watch what really happened when Willamette Week kicked a U.S. Senate candidate out of its offices.
Willamette Week  |  05-03-2014  10:00 am  |  Industry News

Newsweek Does Tick-Tock on Willamette Week's Sam Adams Scoopnew

"After last week, Portland's politicians may think twice about trying to put one over" on Willamette Week's Pulitzer-winning reporter Nigel Jaquiss, according to Newsweek reporter Winston Ross. On Jan. 19, Jaquiss broke the news that Portland mayor Sam Adams had sex with an 18-year-old legislative intern and then lied about it. Newsweek notes that WW trumped other news outlets that were pursuing the story: "Jaquiss's scoop is significant not only because it represents the second huge political figure his journalism has humbled in a period of four years, but also because of whom he beat out to get the story: the much larger and much more heavily financed Oregonian."
Newsweek  |  02-04-2009  11:38 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Reporter Responds to Criticism on Sam Adams Scandalnew

Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz and University of Oregon journalism ethics professor Tom Bivins both raise questions about whether the public is being served by Nigel Jaquiss' expose revealing that Portland Mayor Sam Adams had a sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove in 2005. But Jaquiss, who won a Pulitzer in 2005 for an investigation exposing a former Oregon governor's sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl, says the criticism is misguided. "This is not a story about sex, and it's not a story about sexual preferences," he tells Oregon Public Broadcasting. "This is a story about a politician who has lied, and who has then had to deal with that vulnerability."
Oregon Public Broadcasting  |  01-22-2009  9:32 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Breaks Story of Mayor's Relationship with Teennew

On Monday, the paper published Nigel Jaquiss' expose revealing that Portland Mayor Sam Adams, contrary to his earlier denials, confessed to having had a sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove in 2005. Adams, who was sworn in as Portland's first openly gay mayor on Jan. 1, apologized yesterday for lying and for forcing Breedlove to lie. Also caught up in the City Hall scandal is the Portland Mercury, which was pursuing the story along with WW. Former news editor Amy J. Ruiz was one of two Mercury writers working on the story; subsequently, Adams hired her to be his planning and sustainability policy adviser. "It never crossed my mind that [Adams] might have hired me to keep me quiet," Ruiz says. Adams says Ruiz earned the position on merit. "Amy was hired because of her smarts," he says. Meanwhile, Mercury editor Wm. Steven Humphrey says that the paper didn't sit on the story, but merely lost the race to the finish line to Jaquiss.
The Associated Press | Willamette Week | The Portland Mercury  |  01-21-2009  1:04 pm  |  Industry News

Willamette Week's Jaquiss Is Finalist for Loeb Business Journalism Award

Pulitzer-winning journalist Nigel Jaquiss is in the running for a 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, it was announced today. Jaquiss' investigation into the planned sale of Portland General Electric is a finalist in the "Small Newspapers" category (for newspapers with circulation of less than 150,000). Winners will be announced June 26.
05-15-2006  2:30 pm  |  Industry News

Westword and Willamette Week Nab IRE Awards

WW's Nigel Jaquiss won the Local Circulation Weeklies certificate for exposing a secret deal to sell Portland General Electric. "Jaquiss' reporting is widely credited with scuttling the deal," according to the judges' comments. L.A. Weekly, Fort Worth Weekly, and City Pages (Twin Cities) were also finalists. In the Student Work category, J. David McShane won for his undercover work that revealed U.S. Army recruiters were using improper tactics. McShane initially wrote the piece for his high school newspaper but subsequently expanded it for publication in Westword. The annual awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., recognize outstanding investigative work.
03-29-2006  12:20 pm  |  Industry News

Nigel Jaquiss: Bringing Down an Esteemed Political Figure

The scoop Nigel Jaquiss got about political leader Neil Goldschmidt was one that would create a terrible stir in Oregon, if only he could nail it down. If he couldn't lay out sufficient proof, he risked destroying his paper, Willamette Week. Jaquiss describes the twists and turns that led to the publication of the stories that won him the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, along with an AltWeekly Award. This is the seventh in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Wells Dunbar  |  10-26-2005  1:44 pm  |  Association News

Honors Keep Coming for Willamette's Jaquissnew

Because sometimes winning a Pulitzer just isn't enough: Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss also won an award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) for "The 30-Year Secret" -- the same work for which he won the Pulitzer yesterday. Qualifying as a finalist was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Bob Norman for "Sick District," his investigation into the mismanagement of Broward County's tax-assisted public health care system.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.  |  04-05-2005  5:47 pm  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Reporter Wins Pulitzernew

Nigel Jaquiss, a staff writer at the Portland, Ore., alt-weekly, received the prize in investigative reporting for "his investigation exposing a former governor's long concealed sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl," according to this afternoon's announcement on Pulitzer.org. He beat out finalists from The New York Times and The Des Moines Register.
Pulitzer.org  |  04-04-2005  4:00 pm  |  Industry News

The Story (and Reporter) Behind Willamette Week's Big Scoopnew

In May 2004, Willamette Week staff writer Nigel Jaquiss called Oregon State Senator Vicki Walker. He wanted to talk to her about the business dealings of Neil Goldschmidt, a prominent Oregonian and former governor. Instead, she tipped the reporter to what would become a major scandal. Portland Monthly tells the story of how Jaquiss, through months of tireless investigation, revealed the long-buried truth that Goldschmidt had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl; and how one reporter's efforts led the alt-weekly to scoop The Oregonian, a major daily with a staff of 300.
Portland Monthly  |  11-04-2004  5:51 pm  |  Industry News

How Willamette Week Broke Big Story on Oregon Ex-Governornew

The story was percolating for some 20 years. Reporters pursued it but not far enough. And then, Jill Rosen reports in American Journalism Review, a feisty Oregon alt-weekly made a stunning revelation on its Web site May 6. Former governor Neil Goldschmidt, when he was mayor of Portland, had had sexual relations with a girl who was only 14. A lead from a state senator, followed by intensive records searches and interviews, helped Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss pull the story together.
American Journalism Review  |  07-21-2004  5:05 pm  |  Industry News

Oregon Rocked by Revelation of Leader's Abuse of Girlnew

Since Willamette Week broke the story that former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt had had sex over a three-year period with a girl who was only 14 at the start, Oregonians have been obsessed with the story, Blaine Harden reports on the front page of Monday's Washington Post. One of the questions people are asking, he writes, is why the state's most powerful newspaper, The Oregonian, in its first-day coverage of Goldschmidt's confession, seemed "to go so easy on him, calling his behavior an 'affair' and describing his apology as 'heartfelt.'"
The Washington Post  |  05-18-2004  3:06 pm  |  Industry News