Oregonian names top newsroom leader from California investigative organization

An editor at a California-based investigative reporting organization has been named to lead online and newspaper journalism at The Oregonian, the state's largest newspaper.

The news organization reports (http://bit.ly/1ooymbV) 51-year-old Mark Katches (KAHCH'-uhs) has been appointed vice president of content for the Oregonian Media Group and editor of The Oregonian.

Katches has been editorial director of The Center for Investigative Reporting since 2009. It's headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Katches worked for 10 years at The Orange County Register as an enterprise and investigative reporter and team leader. After that, he was lead editor for investigative reporting at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where his team won Pulitzer Prizes in 2008 and 2010 for local reporting.

He succeeds Peter Bhatia, who left to teach at Arizona State University.