11.09.12 Knope of the Week – Willamette Week


The 47th Knope of the Week has been selected after a week long search for the individual who has done the most to advance the mission of ELGL. In case you haven’t yet memorized the ELGL mission statement, here it is in its entirety,

THE MISSION of the Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network is to enhance communication between emerging and experienced government professionals; provide for professional advancement in the field by identifying employment opportunities and through targeted training and education; and support the advancement of professional local government management.

Before we announce this week’s recipient, we ask you to turn away from your computer screen and repeat the ELGL mission in an opera voice. Now that you’ve proven your allegiance to ELGL, we are happy to share with you this week’s recipient of the Knope of the Week is…..

What is the takeaway from the election coverage in the Portland area? That the Willamette Week is unmatched in covering local and state elections in Oregon. From breaking news on potential voter fraud in Clackamas County to murmurs on the Columbia River Crossing, the Willamette Week gives us real investigative coverage that once was synonymous with local newspapers.

If we were a DJ spinning the greatest hits from Willamette Week, here’s what we would go with: The King of ClackistanBlock BustersA is for Adams, and The Smartest Guy in the Room. To get a feel for their unique coverage, one only needs to review how they addressed the Oswego Lake controversy. Did they rehash meeting summaries, stale talking points, interviews with the same characters? Of course not, they literally dove right into Oswego Lake to see what would happen. (See related link: Oswego Lake’s big secret: It’s public and you can paddle it. In fact, I did.)

We can’t help but think that Leslie Knope would admire the Willamette Week’s hard charging coverage on everything from local government to local mischief. Our biggest complaints about this week’s Knope of the Week: its only a weekly publication and we have to make sure our children don’t see the classified “ads” in the back.

On February 6, 2013, ELGL will host Mark Zusman, editor of the Willamette Week and we’ll ask him which trophy case has the pleasure of storing the Knope of the Week award.

Previous Knope of the Week Recipients