Hillary Borrud is a journalist based in Salem, Ore.
Her work revealed that former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes received a $118,000 fellowship paid by groups with an interest in the same green energy policies on which Hayes advised the governor. Hillary has also covered the large-scale land purchases of a California congressman and major developer in the wake of the real estate market collapse, and uncovered for readers the lobbying efforts and ethics questions behind local officials’ decisions. In 2014, she broke the news of a significant increase in shipments of crude oil on trains through Central Oregon.
Hillary received a Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting Fellowship at Investigative Reporters and Editors in January 2013 that helped her learn to format and analyze data with SQL and Access. In her free time, she produces radio features for a local community station.
Hillary is currently a city desk reporter at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., where she covers Bend City Hall and stories of regional and statewide interest.