Jon Mitchell has been hired at The News-Review, returning to the newspaper he worked for in the first part of the 21st Century.
Mitchell, whose first day back at the paper was Wednesday, previously worked at The News-Review from September of 2002 to February of 2008. He was a sports reporter during his first stint, covering Umpqua Community College sports, Oregon and Oregon State football and the 16 high schools in Douglas County outside of Roseburg.
He’ll also work as a photographer, bringing with him seven years of experience from papers he has worked at previously. In all, Mitchell brings close to 20 years of experience back with him to the Umpqua Valley and said his affinity for the area never really left when he did.
“One of the first things people said to me when they heard I was coming back was, ‘you’re coming home,’” Mitchell said. “It surprised me to hear that, but I feel like it’s true. I stayed in contact with many of the people I covered after I left because they appreciated what I did and treated me well. That played a major role in convincing me to apply and accepting the job offer.”
Mitchell, 41, comes from The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he was the paper’s primary high school sports reporter. He came there from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent in Colorado, where he covered six high schools and did page design and photography as a one-person sports staff.
His career also has included stints as the assistant sports editor at the Greeley Tribune in Colorado from 2008-09, when he helped cover high schools, two Division I universities and two minor-league professional franchises, the Triple-A Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League and the now-defunct Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League. He’s also had the chance to write about high school and college athletes who turned pro in the respective sports. Among them were Troy Polamalu, Kyle Singler, Kevin Love, Aaron Rodgers, Steven Jackson and Jonathan Stewart.
“One of the first things I told Jon when he got here was, ‘I’m glad you’re here,’” News-Review News Editor Mike Henneke said. “I’m very confident with his experience he can help make this paper even better.”
Mitchell’s primary duties will surround editing and designing The News-Review. Along with his reporting the photography experience, he has designed and edited newspaper and special-section pages for nearly two decades.
Mitchell and his wife, April, have been married since July 7, 2015. They have a daughter, Kahlan, 17. Both plan to join Mitchell in Oregon in the coming months.