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Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview. November 10, 2014

Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

November 10, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Jim Edmunson (b. 1951) graduated from Oregon State University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. As an OSU undergraduate, Edmunson was heavily involved with student journalism during a turbulent era in U.S. history. As news editor of the Daily Barometer, Edmunson coordinated coverage of anti-war protests and the murder of OSU student Nancy Wyckoff, among other topics. In 1983, following stints as a professional news reporter and editor, Edmunson began a new career as a lawyer and political figure, serving in the Oregon legislature from 1987-1995 and chairing the Democratic Party of Oregon from 1999-2007. His interview focuses primarily on his undergraduate experience with particular emphasis placed on his activities as a student journalist.