Michael Forrester, from pioneering Oregon newspaper family, supports journalism education for decades

Michael Forrester

Michael Forrester

Michael A. Forrester, born into a pioneering Oregon newspaper family, became editor and publisher of the East Oregonian and The Capital Press. He has served on the Education Committee of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and has been an ardent supporter of scholastic journalism. He has twice been recognized for his unwavering support and dedication to scholastic journalism in Oregon by Journalism Education Association, in 1988 and 1997, when he received the JEA Friend of Journalism Award.

He retired in 2012 after serving for many years as chairman of the Northwest Scholastic Press Board of Directors.

Michael A. Forrester, son of Bud and Eleanor Forrester, became editor of the EO in 1973. That year, Bud Forrester moved west to become the editor of The Daily Astorian, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. Bud died in 2000; his wife Eleanor died in 2007.

Stephen A. Forrester, brother of Mike Forrester, joined the company in 1987 as the editor of The Daily Astorian. He is now the publisher and editor of that 5-day per week newspaper.

Michael A. Forrester was EO’s editor from 1973 until 1990, when he moved to Salem to become publisher of the Capital Press.

In 1994, the presidency of East Oregonian Publishing Co. passed from J.W. Forrester to Mike Forrester. In 2003, upon Mike’s retirement, Steve Forrester became president of the company. Mike Forrester is president of the Capital Press Board of directors.