About Foster Church

Foster Church visits small towns in the Pacific Northwest

Foster Church

Foster Church has lived in cities for most of his adult life, but he was born  and raised in small towns of  Nevada, which may explain his love for out -of-the-way places.  He began as a journalist at  The Nevada State Journal in Reno.   For a series of editorials criticizing the growing visibility of a brothel operator, he and two others were awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

In 1979, he joined the staff of The Oregonian in Portland and for the next 27 years, in Portland, Washington D.C. and Vancouver, Wa., he wrote about  politics, growth and demographic issues and occasionally travel. In  2000, he began a series of monthly travel columns in which he visited small towns in Oregon and Washington and wrote about them as travel destinations.  Over ten years, he visited over 100 small towns and he still finds new small towns to write about. His experiences became the basis of his book, Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest, which was published in 2010 by Oregon State University Press.

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