Joseph Rose (journalist)

Joseph Rose (born May 6, 1969, in Wenatchee, Washington, United States) is an American journalist and radio personality formerly based in Portland, Oregon. Rose was on the staff of The Oregonian as a writer, columnist and multimedia producer from 1999 until 2016. He has written about crime, prisons, government, popular culture, music, film, Oregon's methamphetamine epidemic and transportation. He is also a former freelance writer for As of January 2017, he was residing in Cornwall, Connecticut, and described himself as retired from The Oregonian.[1]

Joseph Rose at a bicycle conference in 2011

In 2004, he wrote the newspaper's "Faces of Meth" story,[2] which was turned into billboards and posters as well as replicated by other American media outlets, including PBS's Frontline.[3] He has also written about the childhood and family of Portland-native Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.[4]

Rose's articles on a Gulf War war veteran secretly living in the wilderness of Portland's Forest Park with his young daughter were the inspiration for the 2018 film "Leave No Trace."[5]

In 2008, Rose became The Oregonian's chief transportation writer, with a daily blog and weekly Metro column called "Hard Drive".[6]

He is a graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. In 2018, he began studying for his Master of Divinity[7]at Yale University.

When he was living in Oregon, Rose was also a leader of the "alternative liturgy" worship movement in the U.S. Episcopal Church.[8] The movement creates worship services based on the music of popular contemporary musicians such as U2, Radiohead, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. A March 2012 story in Willamette Week called Rose "the King of Hymns". In the article, Rose describes the spirit of the events: "We get a lot of folks who come but really aren’t connected to a church. They’re part of the very secular Oregon. But they feel a spiritual connection to popular music."[8]

Rose's journalism awards include one for breaking news in the 2011 C.B. Blethen Awards[9] and one of the 2013 National Headliner Awards in the category of special or feature column.[10]


  1. ^ 'Tweet' by Joseph Rose on Jan. 10, 2017 from his official Twitter account.
  2. ^ Rose, Joseph (December 28, 2004). "The Faces of Meth". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 15, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "News Video". 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2013-09-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Rose, Joseph (August 3, 2007). "The real people behind Homer Simpson and family". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The Inspiration for Leave No Trace". Bleecker Street. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
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  7. ^ "Joseph Rose on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  8. ^ a b Jarman, Casey (March 14, 2012). "The King of Hymns". Willamette Week. Retrieved April 15, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Bottomly, Therese (September 15, 2011). "The Oregonian wins five Blethen Awards". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 15, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "79th National Headliner Awards winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)