Media contact

Metro news and information
The Metro media relations office is the primary source for timely, accurate and insightful information about Metro, the Metro Council and the agency's collaborative work with regional partners. The media relations office operates out of the communications department, and provides information services to journalists, editors, publishers, regional stakeholders and the general public.

Wide range of information
Metro serves more than 1.5 million residents in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties and the 25 cities in the Portland metropolitan area. As an elected governing body, the Metro Council provides leadership from a regional perspective, focusing on issues that cross local boundaries and require collaborative solutions. Metro provides a wide range of services focused on the livability and sustainability of the region. Metro also operates the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center.

Media relations
The agency is committed to transparency and understands the vital role of the news media. We maintain ongoing communications with reporters and editors throughout the region, and provide news, updates and advisories about current Metro initiatives, policy and activities that shape the region now and in the future. Contact Metro's media relations team for developments with the Metro Council, agency initiatives or to discuss story ideas.

Contact Jim Middaugh
jim.middaugh@oregonmetro.gov 
503-797-1505

Staff experts
Metro's staff has broad expertise as well as partnerships with many regional and national organizations. Our media relations office can put journalists in touch with experts in a variety of fields. Contact us to arrange for an interview with one of our nationally-recognized staff members in areas including:

  • land use and transportation planning
  • solid waste
  • recycling
  • natural areas and restoration
  • wildlife management
  • science and stewardship
  • transportation modeling
  • sustainable living
  • regional economic analysis and demographic forecasting
  • mapping and data services.

How Metro can help

  • get news updates automatically – sign up to receive news releases and newsfeed updates on your RSS reader or through the Metro news digest
  • view news releases online
  • read GreenScene, the quarterly publication of nature stories and listings of upcoming outdoor events
  • follow Metro on Facebook or Twitter
  • view videos about Metro programs and policies
  • request copies of public records
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