- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Janie Har, an award-winning reporter formerly at The Oregonian, is joining the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press.

Har will be covering urban affairs, including development, ethnic communities and housing. The appointment was announced Monday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

“Janie is an excellent reporter and writer with a proven track record of breaking news,” Carl said. “We are excited to have her join our team in San Francisco.”

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Har was raised in San Rafael, California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in journalism. She also graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar.

Har worked for 14 years as a reporter at The Oregonian, covering beats including higher education and politics. She provided coverage of the governor’s office, legislative leaders, lobbyists and state agencies.



In 2010, she helped launch PolitiFact Oregon, a truth squad service for The Oregonian that rates the veracity of public statements by officials and politicians. As a member of the paper’s politics team, her reporting helped change state ethics laws and, in 2011, led to the resignation of U.S. Rep. David Wu amid a sex scandal.

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awarded Har and her colleagues first place for spot news coverage of Wu’s resignation, and the Society of Professional Journalists honored her work on PolitiFact.

Har’s first day with the AP will be April 1.

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