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"Peter Bhatia, the top editor at The Oregonian, is leaving the state's largest newspaper for a one-year teaching job at Arizona State University,"Aaron Mesh reported Thursday for Willamette Week, a Portland weekly.
"Bhatia announced his departure to his staff this afternoon at 3 pm, leading to a flurry of Twitter posts before official confirmation on Oregonlive.com.
"Oregonian Media Group, the new company formed by owners Advance Publications Inc. last year, will conduct a national search for his replacement. . . ."
Bhatia, whose roots are in India, is among the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the news business and is a former president of the American Society of News Editors.
"Arizona State released an announcement this afternoon that Bhatia will join the Cronkite School as the next Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor," Willamette Week continued.
"Bhatia will start the yearlong appointment this summer, the university said in a press release, 'working with more than two dozen students from across the country in the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, an in-depth multimedia journalism experience based at Cronkite. In the fall semester, he will teach Journalism Ethics and Diversity. . . ."