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Where do Portland TV stations get their breaking news? Often, it turns out, from Lincoln City Homepage!

The inspiring story of volunteers descending on Otis to help clear wildfire debris that aired Saturday, Oct. 24, on Portland news dynamo Fox-12 was reported and filmed by the Homepage news team of Justin Werner, publisher of Homepage, and Rick Beasley, a veteran “night crawler” who has been a TV stringer for more than 20 years.

Homepage provides the reporting and video footage for TV’s “talking heads,” who welcome it in the white-hot, statewide battle among four Portland network affiliates for viewer ratings.

During the Echo Mt. Wildfire, the duo filed nine TV stories in three days from the front lines that were seen by an estimated 1 million broadcast and internet viewers of KPTV Fox-12 and KGW Ch. 8. Werner’s startling video of a looter being carried from a crime scene in the evacuation zone by police led the 11 p.m. newscasts on Sept. 11, and all the next day.

For this busy news team, it’s not all about fires or Russian Nazis harassing beachgoers (an eye-popping TV story in July), either. Animal rescues, tourism trends and a story about a barnstorming pilot at Siletz Bay State Airport have all appeared on Portland TV and sometimes nationally on the networks.

“News at eleven” is a lot more exciting with breaking TV stories from the Oregon coast!

Homepage Staff
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  1. As someone who was burned out by the fire, I would love to take up the offer of clearing our property but it’s not wise to start cleaning up properties that may have had hazardous materials like gasoline, propane,possible asbestos contamination. That should be left to to FEMA and the state, they are doing it for free, that’s after property owners sign a Right Of Entry Form, after properties are properly assessed than volunteers should clean up, in addition if you allow anyone on your property who is not properly protected and they are injured or killed, you the owner are liable for damages or death. Think about that.

  2. Ok, great “observation” anonymous. There are plenty of positive stories,
    and as far as the mainstream media ignoring corruption- Maybe you haven’t
    heard of the double standard in the media.
    Tell you what- the next time you drive past a wreck or someone pulled over,
    try not to turn your pin head or slow down.

  3. Much rather our community was NOT in the news in the first place, since most of what they report is chaos and tragedy. Meanwhile local corruption and organized crime goes unnoticed by the mainstream media.


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