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Allison Frost


Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor and senior producer. Before OPB, she led a local community radio station in Fresno, California, tutored English and sold books.

Allison holds a degree in speech communication from California State University, Fresno, and a masters in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon.

She likes to play with and blog about her two young children in and around Portland where she and her husband make their home.

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Recent Articles

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Covering Terrorism Cases | Elder Abuse | Grand Jury Recordings

OPB | June 26, 2017 noon

We hear about disparities in domestic terrorism prosecutions, the latest on Oregon's "elder abuse epidemic," and a bill that would require grand juries proceedings be recorded.

Politics | News | Books | Think Out Loud

Al Franken: 'Giant Of The Senate'

OPB | June 23, 2017 noon

Comedian turned U.S. Senator Al Franken spoke to a packed audience in Portland about his new memoir, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate."

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | REAL ID | Good In The Hood

OPB | June 22, 2017 noon

Oregon's working on making state IDs compliant with federal regulations. Portland's Good in the Hood Festival continues despite racist threats. Also, our news roundtable discusses the latest headlines.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Kitzhaber Investigation | Slants' Trademark Case | Good Samaritan Bill

OPB | June 20, 2017 noon

We get updates on business news, The Slants' Supreme Court case, the investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and a bill to protect people who break into hot cars to save kids and pets.

Nation | News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Sen. Merkley | 'Ricochet River'

OPB | June 15, 2017 noon

We celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of the very Oregon book Ricochet River. And Senator Jeff Merkley joins us from DC.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Bartending Competition | Senator Lew Frederick

OPB | June 9, 2017 noon

Democratic state senator Lew Frederick reflects on Portland's police chief search. Also, our news roundtable takes up the biggest news of the week, and a local bartender represents Portland in a national competition.

local | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap

OPB | June 8, 2017 2:24 p.m.

We discuss the latest revenue-raising and cost-cutting proposals in Salem to close the $1.4 billion budget gap.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Mug Shots | Transportation Plan | Jewish Museum

OPB | June 8, 2017 noon

Should mug shots be made available to the public? The legislature has released a funding plan for transportation infrastructure — how will it work? And the Oregon Jewish Museum gets a new location.

Think Out Loud

Portland's 911 Hold Times | Rosewood Initiative Relaunch

OPB | June 7, 2017 noon

We hear about long 911 hold times in Portland, and about how the people in the Rosewood neighborhood are faring, five years after the Rosewood Initiative began.

local | NW Life | Arts | Books | State of Wonder

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch's Interstellar Joan Of Arc

OPB | June 6, 2017 11:15 a.m. | Portland

Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch borrows from the future and the past with her new post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel "The Book of Joan."

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Mental Health And Terrorism | Julius Achon

OPB | June 2, 2017 noon

We talk to former Portlander, Olympic runner Julius Achon, who is now a parliament member in his native Uganda. Also, how do we talk about mental health and acts of public violence? And our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest news of the week.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Protesting In Portland | 'Land On Fire'

OPB | May 31, 2017 noon

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler shares his thoughts after this weekend's deadly attack. We discuss protest vs. free speech in Portland. And nature writer Gary Ferguson explains the age of the "mega-wildfires."

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Reacting To This Weekend's Violent Attack | Remembering Brian Doyle

OPB | May 30, 2017 noon

We talk about the what this weekend's attacks mean for Portland. And we remember Oregon author Brian Doyle, who died on Saturday.

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News Roundtable | Talking About Stuttering

OPB | May 26, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable takes up the biggest news of the week. And we listen back to an interview with a local filmmaker who made a documentary about learning to live with a stutter.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

WA Legislature | Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler | General Hospital | Open Iftar

OPB | May 25, 2017 noon

Lawmakers in Washington State are struggling to agree on a budget by deadline. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler reacts to Pres. Trumps budget. We hear from a local doctor has an issue with a soap opera, and about an effort to bring Muslims and non-Muslims together.

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Small Earthquakes | Portland's Resistance On Police Chief Search | Living With Cancer

OPB | May 24, 2017 noon

Oregon and Washington is at risk for earthquakes smaller than "the Big One." Also, we continue our series on what Portland should look for in a new police chief. And author Teva Harrison tells us what it's like to live with cancer.

Nation | News | Arts | Think Out Loud

Portland Water | Medicaid Eligibility | Race And Casting | Architect John Yeon

OPB | May 23, 2017 noon

Oregon may be spending millions on people who are not eligible for Medicaid benefits. A Portland producer was denied the rights to a play, in a dispute over casting and race. And a new exhibit features Oregon architect John Yeon.

Think Out Loud

Josephine County Public Safety | Portland Police Search | Author Blake Nelson

OPB | May 22, 2017 noon

Voters in Josephine County finally passed a public safety levy. Also, we continue our series of conversations about Portland's next police chief. And we talk to local author Blake Nelson.

local | News | Politics | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Chronic Disease | Resistance GIS

OPB | May 19, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest stories of the week. We also find out what Oregon is doing to address high rates of chronic disease, and we hear how activists are using geographic data.

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Oregon Budget | Douglas County Homelessness | Lidia Yuknavitch

OPB | May 16, 2017 noon

On the show today: The latest Oregon economic forecast, a new novel by Lidia Yuknavitch, and an overview of the homeless situation in Douglas County.