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More than 800 retired public employees in Oregon draw down more than $100,000 a year in pension benefits. That's one detail that emerged Monday as part of a settlement reached between the state and two Oregon newspapers.

bellottistatesmanjournal_small.jpgESPN analyst and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. Coaches and media personalities speak to the media at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Photo by Thomas Patterson/Statesman Journal

The court ordered the release of the names and pension amounts of about 105,000 retired public employees. The most generously compensated retiree? Former University of Oregon head football coach Mike Bellotti. He's now working for ESPN television but gets nearly a half-million dollars a year in Oregon public pension.

Other top earners include retired Oregon Health and Science University doctors. Of Oregon's former governors, Vic Atiyeh is doing the best at around $65,000 a year.

112111cl_persdata_small.jpgThe Top 10 Best Paid Oregon PERS Retirees (click for a larger image).

The information comes as a result of a legal agreement signed in September between Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System and the Oregonian and Statesman-Journal newspapers. Seven retired public employees filed a last-minute lawsuit to block the data release. But Marion County Judge Vance Day rejected the request. PERS is funded through a mix of investments and public agency money.


Statesman Journal: Bellotti is Oregon's top PERS beneficiary

Oregonian: Top beneficiary of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System: Mike Bellotti

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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