My overseer when I worked at the Willamette Week a couple of years back, Nigel Jacquiss won a Pulizer Prize this week. The prize, awarded for investigative journalism, went to Jaquiss for breaking the story of former Oregon governor <a href="Neil Goldschmidt’s sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl while he was in office and his following use of the power of his office to cover up that relationship. Goldschmidt’s secret held for 30 years before Nigel came along. And I can’t remember the last time a Pulizter for investigative reporting went to a reporter at an alternative weekly, so this is more than a little bit of a coup for both Nigel and the WWeek.
I remember Nigel as a serious and helpful boss who always sought out the most serious public interest stories without regard to their flashiness. He deserves the recognition. As does the WWeek news room, which is scary good for any alternative weekly, let alone one in a city Portland’s size.