Meeting introduces local public officials to Salem Reporter

Salem City Councilor Jim Lewis talks with developer Chuck Sides Thursday, Aug. 16, at a morning coffee hosted by Salem Reporter. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

Area public officials on Thursday were encouraged to share both information and concerns about press coverage as they learned about Salem Reporter.

Editor Les Zaitz outlined the mission of the new online news service in a session with about 30 officials. He discussed the need for accurate and fair news coverage, and introduced reporters Rachel Alexander, Aubrey Wieber and Troy Brynelson.

A similar meeting is scheduled at the Grand Hotel for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, for leaders of Salem-area nonprofit organizations. Those interested in attending can email [email protected] or call 503-537-3207.

Peter Courtney, Oregon Senate president, makes a point during a question-and-answer period. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

Allan Pollock, general manager of the Salem Area Mass Transit District. Several board members attended Thursday’s meeting as well. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

Police Chief Jerry Moore, right, and Lt. Treven Upkes of the Salem Police Department talk with Ray Lauderdale. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett at Thursday’s meeting.