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Meet Jarrid Denney, the Statesman Journal’s high school sports reporter

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Jarrid Denney is the Statesman Journal’s new high school sports reporter.

Denney will focus his coverage on teams from Salem-Keizer Public Schools as well as others in Marion and Polk counties. He will also cover some Oregon State sports.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Statesman Journal and work alongside its incredibly talented group of reporters, editors and photographers,” Denney said. “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to report on Major League Baseball, Pac-12 football, and a variety of other topics. But local journalism holds a truly special place in my heart.”

Denney fills the opening created when longtime sports reporter Pete Martini died in November 2023 after battling cancer.

Denney most recently worked for, where he covered Oregon Ducks football and men’s basketball. He also has experience covering high school sports for The Register-Guard in Eugene and the Corvallis Gazette-Times, where he wrote an in-depth report on the decline in participation in high school football in Oregon.

Since he started in April, Denney has written features and covered local teams competing in the OSAA state baseball and softball tournaments, track and field state championships and state golf. He’s also written about new and departing high school coaches, in addition to reporting on Oregon State baseball, football, the NFL draft and women’s basketball.

Denney grew up in Cottage Grove and is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

He is looking forward to continue getting to know the Mid-Valley sports community.

“I’m excited to tell meaningful, impactful stories about the athletes who help shape the Salem and Oregon State communities,” Denney said.

To share story tips or reach Denney, email him at and follow him on X @jarrid_denney.

Jonathan Williams is the daily news editor for the Statesman Journal and The Register-Guard. You may reach him at

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