Fish apologizes to KOIN over PWB story

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, Jan. 26, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, Jan. 26, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish sent a letter of apology to KOIN 6 News on Friday following our stories on the cracks and water leaks at the Powell Butte Reservoir.

An apology from Commissioner Fish to KOIN 6 News, March 7, 2014
An apology from Commissioner Fish to KOIN 6 News, March 7, 2014

After the first story aired, the Portland Water Bureau delivered a flyer to 71 residents living in Meadowcrest Farms Estates that accused KOIN 6 News of “misleading” viewers and alarming residents.

On Thursday, PWB public information manager Tim Hall, who wrote the letter, could not come up with a single answer to support his claims the story was misleading.

On Friday, Fish wrote directly to Kate Glover, the Assistant News Director at KOIN 6 News.

“I sincerely regret any confusion caused by the letter from the Portland Water Bureau to the residents of Meadowcrest. The acting Public Information Officer was only authorized to meet with residents, listen to their concerns and bring that information back to my team at the Water Bureau for a response. His actions subsequent to meeting with the residents were not authorized by the PWB Administrator or me.

“The letter contains unfounded claims about the reporting by KOIN News. I apologize to KOIN News for the unprofessional way in which their work was characterized.

“Sincerely,

“Nick Fish”

Apology accepted.

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