Brent Walth "Tom McCall Centennial Lecture"

The Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum. In partnership with the Deschutes County Historical Society.

Now the managing news editor of Willamette Week, Brent Walth has worked as an investigative journalist for the Oregonian, as a political reporter for the Register-Guard in Eugene, and as a Capitol Hill reporter for the Oregonian in its Washington, D.C. bureau. Walth was part of the Oregonian’s team that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation into abuses by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

He is author of the 1994 book, Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story. In this biography, Brent presents a lucid, detailed, and powerful account that peels back the layers of myth that have shrouded Tom McCall’s career. This book tells the real tales behind Oregon’s environmental success, as well as the events that gilded McCall’s reputation as a courageous politician. Walth has skillfully woven hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents (many never before publicly quoted) into a thorough, unflinching and moving story of one of American’s most compelling leaders.

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