The Observer, established in 1896, is proud to be Union and Wallowa counties' news leader. The newspaper, with over 10,000 readers in those two counties, is published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Observer is part of the EO Media Group family of newspapers.
The newspaper's office is located in La Grande, county seat of Union County and home to Eastern Oregon University.
The Observer is recognized as the dominant news and advertising source for Northeast Oregon and has received numerous news, advertising and printing awards in recent years. The newspaper is committed to providing comprehensive news, sports and advertising coverage of the two-county area.
The management team of the newspaper includes Publisher Karrine Brogoitti and Regional Circulation Director Kelli Craft. Supervisors include Dorothy Kautz, graphic design. The Observer has 13 employees and 15 newspaper carriers.
The Observer is proud of its commitment to and participation in its community. Over 100 local events, fundraisers, nonprofits and service clubs receive support from the newspaper. Some of the sponsorships, support and memberships include: United Way of Union County; Wallowa County Fair; Union County Fair; Union County 4-H Leaders; Eastern Oregon University Foundation; Fishtrap Writer's Workshop; Relay for Life; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and Union County Economic Development Corporation. The Observer also supports various high school booster clubs and school activities in Union and Wallowa counties.
The Observer is owned by EO Media Group, a family-owned company based in Salem, Oregon. In addition to La Grande and Salem, the company owns Oregon newspapers in Astoria, Bend, Baker City, Enterprise, Lincoln City, John Day, Hermiston, Pendleton, Redmond and Seaside, and Long Beach, Washington.