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Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering Southwest Washington based in Vancouver.

Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.

Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.

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Recent Articles

Business | Economy | local | Politics | News | Election 2016

Brown Not Ready To Take Stance On Business Tax Measure

OPB | June 28, 2016 3:08 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will be taking a stance on a ballot measure that would raise taxes on businesses, but she's not yet ready to do so.

News | Air | Transportation | Business | local | Environment

Oregon, Washington Net $111m From VW In Emissions Fraud Settlement

OPB | June 28, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Oregon is in line for $85 million from Volkswagen as part of its emissions fraud settlement. Washington's share is $26 million.

Energy | News | Business | local | Environment | Economy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Trial-Like Review Starts Monday For Proposed Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB | June 26, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Washington state begins its public review Monday of what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country, slated to be built at the Port of Vancouver.

local | News | Economy | Environment | Nation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

New Report: Union Pacific Failed To Maintain Track, Resulting In Oil Train Derailment

OPB | June 23, 2016 8 a.m.

The Federal Railroad Administration said Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and equipment caused this month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

Energy | local | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Union Pacific Locomotive Spills Fuel Near Troutdale

OPB | June 22, 2016 11:03 a.m.

A 92-car Union Pacific train heading east spilled an undetermined amount of diesel fuel near Troutdale on Tuesday night.

Business | local | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Union Pacific To Restart Running Oil Trains Through Columbia Gorge

OPB | June 22, 2016 7:56 a.m.

Union Pacific officials say they plan to resume sending crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge. Last week, transportation officials in Oregon called for a moratorium on crude oil moving through the state.

Energy | local | Water | Environment | News

Tracks Passed Safety Inspection Weeks Before Mosier Derailment

OPB | June 17, 2016 4:42 p.m.

The Federal Railroad Administration said it’s still investigating this month’s oil train derailment in Mosier, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Refuge Occupiers Ask Court To Prevent Simultaneous Prosecutions

OPB | June 16, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Defense attorneys argued it’s unconstitutional for defendants to face two separate federal prosecutions in two different districts simultaneously.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Oregon Refuge Occupier Drops Lawyer Moments Before Hearing

OPB | June 15, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Darryl Thorn is changing lawyers after an “irreparable breakdown in relationship” with his current attorney, Laurie Shertz.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Malheur Video Evidence Exceeds 250 Days Of Nonstop Viewing

OPB | June 14, 2016 3:54 p.m.

Ammon Bundy and the other defendants charged with occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge say pre-trial discovery evidence is voluminous and difficult to process.

Economy | local | Politics | News

Voters Likely To Decide On Vancouver Housing Fund

OPB | June 14, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Members of the Vancouver City Council indicted at their meeting Monday night that they're ready to put the affordable housing fund on the November ballot.

Teachers | Health | News | Water | local | Education | Environment | Lead In The Water

Eugene Schools Find Lead In Water

OPB | June 14, 2016 8:06 a.m.

The Eugene School District said Monday it found elevated lead levels in the water at four separate schools.

Business | Politics | local | News

Vancouver Grapples With How To Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis

OPB | June 11, 2016 1 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

On Monday, the Vancouver City Council will begin the process of deciding whether or not to put an affordable housing fund on the November ballot. Most seem to agree there’s a housing crisis, but not everyone is in agreement about whether a new tax is the best way to solve it.

Energy | Water | Environment | Transportation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Before Mosier Derailment, Union Pacific Lobbied Oregon Against Tougher Oil Train Rules, And Won

OPB/EarthFix | June 10, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

A year before 16 of its oil tanker cars derailed and caused a fire, a spill and an evacuation order in the Columbia River Gorge, Union Pacific lobbied against stronger oversight of oil trains moving through the Northwest. The railroad industry lost in Washington. But in Oregon, it won.

local | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Northwest Tribes Call For End To Moving Fossil Fuels Through Gorge

OPB | June 9, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

Tribal leaders from around the Northwest gathered Thursday in Mosier, Oregon, not far from the site of last week’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

local | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Home Lead Testing Spikes After Portland Public Schools Discovery

OPB | June 9, 2016 3:45 p.m.

The number of people in Portland testing their water for lead has spiked dramatically this month.

local | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

New Spilled Crude Oil Discovered At Mosier Train Crash

OPB | June 6, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Mosier, Oregon

Clean-up crews found more crude oil Monday as residents in Mosier protested Union Pacific's decision to resume service through the gorge.

local | Environment | News | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oregon Leaders Call For Moratorium On Oil Trains In Gorge

OPB | June 6, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Union Pacific began running trains Sunday past the site of an oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

Politics | local | News

Feds Announce More Funding For Homeless Vets In Oregon, Washington

OPB | June 2, 2016 6 p.m.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday it will subsidize more housing for homeless veterans in Oregon and Washington.

Politics | local | News

Voters Could Decide Raises For Vancouver's Elected Leaders

OPB | June 2, 2016 5:11 p.m.

Voters in the city of Vancouver will get to decide whether or not recently approved raises for the mayor and city council members go into effect.