The Malheur Enterprise – We cover your community

The Malheur Enterprise is a family-owned independent newspaper covering the news, people and issues of Malheur County in Oregon.

With a rich history dating to its founding in 1909, the newspaper in recent years was faltering in the face of general economic ills and a failure to keep pace with rapid changes in the news industry. However, in 2015, a trio of experienced Oregon journalists stepped up to buy the business to return it to the fore as a prime source of community news.

Operating as Malheur Media LLC, the new owners are Les Zaitz, retired senior investigative reporter at The Oregonian; his wife Scotta Callister, retired editor of the Blue Mountain Eagle in John Day; and Les’ brother, Lyndon Zaitz, publisher of the Keizertimes, a community weekly adjacent to Salem.

Under their leadership, the Enterprise continues as a weekly print publication but has added a strong online presence, with the launching of a Facebook page and website to give readers daily updates on everything from sports to traffic to weather to breaking news.

About the owners:

Les Zaitz, a two-time Pulitzer finalist and winner of multiple journalism awards, retired from The Oregonian in fall 2016 and became publisher and editor of the Enterprise. In addition to his daily newspaper work, he has long experience in weekly newspapers and formerly was publisher and editor of Keizertimes, the family’s other weekly publication. His community service has included volunteer board positions with Chambers of Commerce, the American Red Cross, and other organizations.

Lyndon Zaitz is the general manager while continuing his publisher role at Keizertimes. He comes to the post with 21 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and editorial writing, and is a board member for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. He also is an active community volunteer. He is a member of Rotary and has been the driving force of a community festival and a community nonprofit in Keizer.

Scotta Callister, who initially served as publisher and continues to assist in production, has worked in newspapers for 40 years, 30 of that in community newspapers. At the Blue Mountain Eagle and Keizertimes, she has won numerous awards for editorial and news writing, and has been an active community volunteer.

From left to right: Scotta Callister, Lyndon Zaitz, Les Zaitz

What we do:

In print and online, the Enterprise homes in on the issues that are important to Malheur County residents, offering the area’s most credible source of information about local government, community organizations, local schools, and rural economic issues. The newspaper also has assumed a strong role in the community, hosting forums on key issues and providing a voice for rural Oregonians.

“Eastern Oregon communities, particularly in border counties like Malheur, face unique challenges to their livelihoods. There’s nothing simple about resource-based economies in today’s world,” Zaitz said. “Our job at the newspaper is to inform the community about the issues, and to help chart a course toward sound solutions.”

For more information, contact the Enterprise at 541-473-3377 or email les@malheurenterprise.com

Les Zaitz

Lyndon Zaitz
General Manager

John Braese

Pat Caldwell

Roseanne Zueger
Advertising Account Representative

Autumn Butler
Circulation, Legal Notices, Classifieds

Kristen Nieskens
Business Manager

Malheur Enterprise
293 Washington St W• Vale, Oregon 97918
Ph: 541.473.3377 • Fax: 541.473.3268