Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State, is a guided tour through the exciting times when Oregon led the nation in environmental policy and state and local leaders worked together in a bipartisan manner to create the Oregon we enjoy in the 21st Century.
Floyd McKay spent three decades as an Oregon journalist in print and broadcast, including 17 years as a well-known news analyst and commentator at KGW-TV in Portland, after a decade as a political writer for the Oregon Statesman in Salem. He is the only Oregon journalist to have had a front-row seat for entire Oregon Story years (1964 to 1986) when the state’s national legacy was created.
McKay describes the backstory of the Beach Bill, 50 years old this year, and the way Republicans and Democrats cooperated to save Oregon’s beaches and rivers. State land-use policies and the foundation for today’s Portland prominence were laid down in that period by leaders such as Governors Tom McCall and Bob Straub, legislators such as Betty Roberts, Norma Paulus and Vera Katz, and a host of citizen activists.
After his Oregon journalism career, McKay taught and chaired the Department of Journalism at Western Washington University in Bellingham, and earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington. He continues to write both journalistically and in the field of Oregon history. Reporting the Oregon Story is a unique combination of those fields, a personal narrative of the stories and people of the time as well as the personal challenges of moving from newspapers to television.
A seasoned speaker from his broadcast years, McKay enjoys interacting with audiences at his book events and particularly hopes to spark an interest in Oregon history among new residents to the state. The book is published by Oregon State University Press.