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Phil Busse

Phil Busse

Phil Busse has spent the past 20 years as a journalist, attorney and educator—and doing his tour of duty with alt-weeklies.

He has served as the Editor for the Source, a popular weekly newspaper in Bend, Oregon and was the founding Managing Editor for the Portland Mercury. While in law school, he wrote crime and legal stories for the Eugene Weekly and started his writing career as the first environmental beat reporter for San Francisco Weekly.

In 2006, Phil started the Media Institute for Social Change (MediaMakingChange.org), an educational non-profit. Based in Portland, Oregon, the organization hosts college students each summer to teach them how to produce public interest film and radio documentaries—and, in 2013, helped launch XRAY.FM, a talk and music radio station that won Willamette Week’s readers choice for Best Local Radio Station in 2015.

Phil is truly surprised that he ended up as a newspaperman; as a kid, he believed that he would grow up to be a spy, and has spent a lifetime acquiring the proper skills—he is certified SCUBA diver, knows how to tie a bow tie and can mix (shake) a mean martini.

Phil graduated from Middlebury College in 1992 and earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1997.

For the past few years, the Holly Theater in Medford has been raising funds, with the looming promise to restore a grand theater back to glory—and then some. Early last week, that promise seemed to continue to inch towards reality, with a Walk of Fame style event recognizing their major

It is two years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Oregon, and the business-end of weed has quickly emerged and matured into a multi-billion dollar industry, from farmers to retails, and side-businesses like marketing and equipment suppliers. To gauge the economic forecast for the industry, we asked a handful of

Rogue Valley Messenger: This is our “weed issue.” Medford City Council has had some strident debates about legalized weed—and, in some ways, the policy is split, in that dispensaries are legal but outdoor grows not. Do those policies seem at odds with each other? Kevin Stine: It is the compromise

Rogue Valley Messenger: Your company seems to be at an important crossroads of trends –with more and more household items dependent on batteries, and with a continued concern about sustainability. Any predictions for how people will get their energy for household items ten years from now—and from what sources. Brett

Horse Sense In the final race of the day on July 9 at Grants Pass Downs, the horse Storm on the River charged down the final stretch of the track and opened up several lengths of space for a come-from-behind win. It was an exciting race, but perhaps most curious,

Medford: A month ago, Medford police posted ads to several websites and apps suspected of sex trafficking or solicitation. Eleven different men from the Medford area responded to the ads, and set up meetings with who they believed were women they planned to pay for sex. The ages ranged from

Who’s To Blame? In last issue’s Publisher Note, we wrote about the recent con by which Southern Oregon University was scammed of $1.9 million when someone or persons apparently requested funds wired to a bank account as partial payment for construction of the school’s new gym. In the column, we

With the current legislative session wrapping up, the final pennies and dimes need to be lined up in the state budget—and it doesn’t look good. With a billion-dollar plus shortfall in necessary funding, in particular there are questions about how to fund schools, and there are questions about where money

It truly was an underdog story, the stuff that Hollywood tries to script: The Southern Oregon University crew team, in their first real year of competition, not only kept pace with some of the east coast powerhouses, but snagged a silver medal at this year’s national championships in late May.

Coleen Wheeler is the coxswain for the SOU women’s novice four that recently won a silver at Nationals. We recently caught up with her to ask some questions about the amazing season. RVM: Before starting rowing at SOU, what did you know about the sport?  CW: Before October 2016, I