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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

News | Education | Nation | Entertainment | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Climate Lawsuit | Genomics

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable takes up some of the big stories of the week. We take up another view of a federal climate change lawsuit. And we learn what we don't know after 25 years of genome sequencing.

News | Communities | Nation | Think Out Loud

Populism v Nationalism | ABLE Savings Accounts | Death Penalty Series

OPB | Dec. 6, 2016 noon

We'll get a definition of a term that we've heard a lot lately: populism. We'll also hear about new savings accounts for people with disabilities. And we begin a series of interviews about the state's death penalty with a District Attorney who says it's his duty to push for a death sentence, even though he personally disagrees with it.

News | Think Out Loud

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

OPB | Dec. 5, 2016 noon

We learn about bilingual education, the possible fate of the Junction City psychiatric facility and a climate-change lawsuit brought against the Obama administration.

News | Communities | Nation | Economy | Environment | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable Dec. 2 | Elliott State Forest | Solitary Confinement in Oregon

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 noon

We discuss some big stories this week on our news roundtable, learn more about the sale of the Elliott State Forest and hear about efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Oregon prisons.

News | Politics | Election | local | Think Out Loud

Funding Measure 98 | Gov. Brown's Budget | Clackamas County Turnabout | History Of East Portland

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

We explore the funding for voter-passed Measure 98, the governor's proposed budget, the winds of change in Clackamas County, and a new exhibit about the history of East Portland.

News | Think Out Loud

Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion | Standing Rock | Underrepresented Stories At Wolff Gallery

OPB | Nov. 29, 2016 noon

We hear about plans to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the latest news from the Standing Rock protests and a gallery that exhibits work from underrepresented artists.

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Student Protest | Economic Check In | Young Voters

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 noon

We get different perspectives on a student protest in Portland, check in on the state's unemployment rate, and hear from first-time voters about their response to the election.

News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Post-Election Bullying In Schools | Orange Line

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 noon

Our news roundtable analyzes some of the week's big news. We hear about how Oregon schools are addressing post-election bullying and racism. And we discover how well a new light rail line in the Portland area is — or is not — easing congestion.

News | Health | Nation | Think Out Loud

Heath Care Under Trump | Gay Conversion Therapy | Stranded Russian Spies

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 noon

We discuss possible changes to Oregon's Medicaid system in a Trump presidency, Garrard Conley shares his experience in gay conversion therapy, and we learn about a pair of former Russian spies now stranded in Oregon.

News | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Portland Protests | Imagining A President Trump | Portland Zoning Changes

OPB | Nov. 14, 2016 noon

We talk to a leader of some of the protests this weekend and about how some African-Americans are envisioning life under President Trump. We also look at how the Portland city council is thinking of changing the city's zoning.

News | Politics | Election | Nation | Economy | Think Out Loud

Reaction To The Election

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 noon

We hear from Oregonians about how the election of Donald Trump as President may affect their lives.

News | NW Life | Election | local | Nation | Think Out Loud

Roseburg Resident Has The American Dream But Worries It's Fading

OPB | Oct. 31, 2016 12:20 p.m.

Retired dental hygienist Linda Hellenthal lives on 800 acres in Roseburg with her husband, a logger. She's achieved the dream, she says, but she worries for her grandchildren. 

Family | Nation | World | Economy | News | Communities | History | Think Out Loud

Single Working Mother Says The American Dream Is For The Community

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 12:06 p.m.

Ana del Rocío Valderrama says she has a good job but she still struggles mightily, and the dream is not complete until the most vulnerable in the community are taken care of.

NW Life | Election | Nation | Politics | News | local

Animator Jerold Howard Lives His 'American Dream'

OPB | Nov. 4, 2016 4:37 p.m.

Our series exploring what the American Dream means to Oregonians continues with animator Jerold Howard.
 

NW Life | Election | Nation | Politics | News | local | Think Out Loud

Portland High School Students Aspire To Achieve And Redefine The 'American Dream'

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 noon | Portland

Three dozen high schoolers gathered for a town hall convened by "Think Out Loud" and the CENTER in North Portland to talk about how they define the American Dream today and their hopes for the future.

News | Politics | local | Think Out Loud

Voting Issues | Presidential Powers | Facebook, News And Democracy

OPB | Nov. 7, 2016 noon

We hear about some unusual voting issues in Oregon and Washington, presidential powers writ large, and the staggering influence of Facebook.

News | Communities | NW Life | Nation | Environment | Think Out Loud

Oregon Fish & Wildlife Investigation | American Dream: Roseburg Resident | City of Weird

OPB | Oct. 31, 2016 noon

Do you have a story about a spooky or weird place in Portland? Share it today on our Halloween extravaganza. Also today, we'll hear another personal story in our American Dream series.

News | Communities | Land | Nation | Think Out Loud

Oregon Standoff Verdict: Not Guilty

OPB | Oct. 28, 2016 noon

The verdict is in for the trial of the Malheur Refuge occupiers. All seven defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers of doing their jobs. We'll talk about the verdict, reaction to it and what it might mean for federal workers and patriot movements going forward.

Think Out Loud

The Future Of The American Dream

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 noon

High school students from around Portland gathered in North Portland to share their personal stories, their experiences and what the American Dream means to them.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Attorney General Race | Urban-Rural Exchange

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 noon

We talk about some big stories of the week on the News Roundtable, hear from the candidates running for attorney general, and talk about the lasting effects of an urban-rural exchange program.