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Cylvia Hayes breaks her silence: 'I've grown a lot from this'

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The former first lady of Oregon, Cylvia Hayes, has landed a new gig: she’s becoming a journalist. 

This comes after leaving Salem under federal investigation, heavy scrutiny and quite possibly costing Gov. John Kitzhaber his historic fourth term in office.

FOX 12 was invited to Issue Magazine’s launch party in Bend Thursday night. The magazine’s publisher, Kristy Sinsara, says her team is beyond excited to debut the magazine and knows putting Hayes on staff will put a lot of eyes on the publication, and they are prepared for that. 

"On a personal level, she’s one of the most relatable human beings," said Sinsara. "Especially after the last year, she’s gone through so much personal growth, she’s so relatable. After reading her blog, I was just like, I love her writing."

There is a goal among writers with Issue Magazine to provide provocative content and to make people stop and think. It is a promise that they are perhaps already making good on before their first publication goes to print with the announcement of bringing on Hayes as a freelance writer. 

Hayes addressed the crowd at Chi Chinese and Sushi Bar at one point, in good spirits, even joking about the past. 

"I had always expected that I would make my retirement at some point through writing," said Hayes. "But, I never thought a year of public shaming would be the vehicle through which I arrived here."

In a sit-down interview with FOX 12, Hayes admits it took almost an entire year for her to be ready to put herself out in the public eye once again.

"I think the new Cylvia has definitely been damaged, but also tempered. I've grown a lot from this," said Hayes. "I'm looking forward to telling more of that story. I think that there have been aspects of this that instead of breaking me down, they have broken me open. I’m super excited to live the rest of my life from that place."

Hayes says she ready to take on this new role as a journalist and has already written about the Delta 5 oil train trial in Washington. 

"Oil trains are a huge issue that are under the radar right now," said Hayes. "I was going to do a story about the situation at Malheur, but I didn't want to be a part of the media that was feeding the beast. Once the community begins healing, I might do a piece about what that looks like, and how they're recovering from something like this."

Hayes knows people will be critical of her work because of what happened, but says she has grown a tough skin.

"I am proud of my career up until this point, I have done a lot of writing in magazines myself, and I think my work will speak for itself," said Hayes. 

She said she is ready to put the past where it belongs.  

As for the federal investigation into accusations Hayes used her position to benefit her private consulting clients, she said she is not ready to talk about that. 

"What I will say about that is that I cannot wait for all of the facts to come to light, and I cannot wait for information and misinformation to become clear," said Hayes. "I will tell you that my work in journalism will not be a part of the clickbait sensationalist business model that is prevalent right now, because I think it’s extremely damaging."

Hayes said it is hard to know what the future holds, and that is also something this past year has taught her.  But, she is happy to get the opportunity to write and hopes to continue to do so for a while. 

Issue Magazine will hit store shelves in February. Copies can also be purchased at any Barnes and Noble. 

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