Former Gazette-Times reporter George Wisner dies at 79 | Local

He graduated with a journalism degree from Cal State Los Angeles in 1969 and started work at the News-Post in nearby Monrovia.

Wisner joined the Gazette-Times in 1972. In addition to his news reporting, Wisner wrote regularly on the outdoors, often after hiking, skiing and climbing among the Cascade volcanoes with fellow G-T reporter Don Bundy, with Bragg along to take the pictures.

“We worked many stories together, usually guided by George’s nose for news,” Bragg said. “In particular, George loved to visit, explore and tell the tales of the people who lived and worked in Oregon’s Coast Range logging towns.”

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Wisner’s interest in the timber industry also led to two published works, a master’s thesis on Oregon State University’s McDonald-Dunn Research Forest and a later volume on the legendary Hull-Oakes firm in Monroe.

Wisner also served as a volunteer firefighter in Corvallis.

“He’d go out in the middle of the night, come home all smoky, then shower and go off to work,” Mitchell said.

“I remember,” Bragg said, “showing up on a rainy night near the tracks on Southwest 15th Street where the old Corvallis flour mill was burning to the ground and found myself taking a picture of George, manning a firehose, silhouetted against the flames.”

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