Max Egener joins The News-Review as its newest reporter this week.
Egener will be responsible for covering city government in Roseburg and surrounding municipalities, as well as general assignments.
Egener comes to The News-Review after reporting in rural eastern Oregon for The Malheur Enterprise newspaper in Vale. At The Enterprise, Egener covered agriculture, environment and Ontario city government.
“I’m excited to become a part of this community and learn from the people here,” Egener said, who grew up in Portland. “Journalism is about serving the community by telling important stories. I can’t wait to help The News-Review in that endeavor.”
News Editor Mike Henneke said Egener has already impressed him in less 48 hours at The News-Review.
“When someone shows you this quickly how good they can be, it solidifies your confidence in their skills and their value for our newspaper,” he said
Egener graduated from the University of Oregon in June with a master’s degree in journalism. He also studied environmental science and English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While at the UO, he wrote for the Arts & Culture desk of the Daily Emerald and was selected as an intern for the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. The internship sent him to work at The Enterprise this summer.
When Egener is not reporting you can find him across Oregon hiking, backpacking and downhill skiing. As soon as he could walk, Egener’s parents had him on skis at Mt. Hood. He regrets to say that he has never spent time exploring the Umpqua National Forest, but he plans to do so soon and welcomes any recommendations.
Egener has always been fascinated by how agriculture and food shape culture, industry, the environment and health. He likes to learn about the science of food and frequently experiments with making new dishes in the kitchen, although he admits that first attempts never go well. He is also an expert pizza-maker.
Egener has family up and down the western part of Oregon and is looking forward to hosting them in Roseburg.