Eric W. Allen Jr. (1920-1986)

Editor of the Medford Mail-Tribune from 1968 to 1985, Eric W. Allen Jr. was known for liberal editorials addressed to a conservative community. He was a prominent member of an informal group of progressive editors who were influential in Oregon politics and media after the Secord World War.

Allen was born on September 14, 1920, in Eugene, where his father, Eric W. Allen, was the first dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. He was educated at the university and at Reed College. After early jobs with newspapers in Oregon and California and army service in World War II, Allen was United Press International bureau chief in Fresno, California, and Salem, Oregon. He left journalism from 1944 to 1948 to serve as private secretary to governors Earl Snell and John Hall.

Allen joined the Mail-Tribune in 1948 as city editor. Known for editorials defending civil liberties and the environment, he was active in civic affairs in southern Oregon and served as a Pulitzer Prize judge on three occasions.

Allen retired as editor in 1985, the same year he was named to the Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame. He died on Christmas Day 1986.

Author


Map It


Further Reading

Kirchmeier, Mark. "Dean of the dailies," Oregon Magazine, January 1985, 68-70.


Related Articles

Eric W. Allen.
Eric W. Allen (1879-1944)

In 1912, Eric W. Allen was lured from his position at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to create a journalism department at the University of Oregon. Four years later, the department graduated its first four baccalaureates. It was also named the School of Journalism, with Allen as its first dean. He led ...

Medford

Medford, the county seat of Jackson County, was platted in 1883 in the center of the Rogue River Valley on Bear Creek. With more than 78,000 residents in 2017, Medford is the eighth largest city in Oregon and serves a metropolitan area of more than 200,000 people. The city ...

Medford Mail Tribune

For over a hundred years, the Medford Mail Tribune has argued against what it perceived to be dangerous, irrational, or unfair—if often popular—political measures, facing libel suits, jailings, death threats, and boycotts as a result. The newspaper was created by a 1906 merger of the Southern Oregon Mail, a proponent ...


This entry was last updated on March 17, 2018