Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson covers Southwest Washington for OPB News. Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR member station in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR shows such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor. Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.

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Recent Articles


Oregon Gets $9M To Fight Veteran Homelessness

OPB | April 1, 2015 10:13 a.m.

The Department of Veteran Affairs announced Tuesday more than $9 million towards homelessness prevention programs in Oregon.

News | Education | Nation

Veterans' Use Of GI Bill Surges

OPB | April 1, 2015 5 a.m.

More and more veterans are using the GI Bill to go back to school  35,000 in 2013 which means colleges have to adapt.

News | Health | local

Second Death In Two Weeks Being Investigated At Clark County Jail

OPB | March 31, 2015 4:40 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Officials in Clark County, Washington, are investigating the death of an inmate at the county jail as a possible suicide, the second in as many weeks.

News | Politics | local

Bill Aims To Track Police Profiling

OPB | March 30, 2015 4:54 p.m.

Lawmakers in Salem took up a bill Monday that would require the state to set up a method for recording profiling complaints against law enforcement agencies.

News | Politics | Nation | local

Hales Issues Ban On Travel To Indiana

OPB | March 30, 2015 2:11 p.m.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales issued an order Monday banning city-funded travel to Indiana, following a law that many are saying is discriminatory.

Economy | News | Business | local

KapStone, Union Reach Tentative Deal

OPB | March 27, 2015 3:18 p.m.

After months of negotiations and a strike authorization vote, union officials say they’ve reached a tentative contract agreement with KapStone Paper and Packaging in Longview, Washington.

News | local

Hundreds Of Oregon Guard Troops Expected Home Next Month

OPB | March 27, 2015 3:12 p.m.

More than 920 Oregon National Guard troops are expected to return to Oregon starting in April.

Economy | News | Business | Politics | local

Leavitt Promises Broadband Internet, Fully Staffed Police Department

OPB | March 26, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington, Mayor Tim Leavitt gave his State of the City Address Thursday to more than 100 people at Vancouver City Hall.

News | Health

VA Announces Changes To Choice Act

OPB | March 24, 2015 2:38 p.m.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced changes Tuesday to a new law that will expand veterans' access to health care outside the VA system.

News | Elections | Politics

State Staff Finds 'Insufficient Evidence' Kimsey Violated Law

OPB | March 23, 2015 2:20 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A new report recommends no further action against Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey for his role in last November’s election.

Economy | News | Politics

Public To Weigh In On Affordable Housing In SW Washington

OPB | March 23, 2015 12:34 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A series of conversations about affordable housing in Southwest Washington gets underway Tuesday.

News | Politics | Transportation | local

Washington Lawmakers Float New I-5 Bridge Idea

OPB | March 15, 2015 7 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington lawmakers are discussing a new Interstate 5 bridge plan that would connect Vancouver, Washington, and Portland.

Economy | News | Business

Hanjin’s Departure Leaves Region’s Shippers In A State Of 'Chaos'

OPB | March 13, 2015 7:15 a.m.

West Coast ports are back to work following a months long labor dispute. But at the Port of Portland, things are far from normal. The port's largest carrier, Hanjin, left this week.

Economy | News | Business | Environment | Energy

Port Of Longview Votes No On Propane Terminal

OPB | March 11, 2015 3 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Commissioners at the Port of Longview voted unanimously on Tuesday against pursuing a propane and butane export terminal.

News | Business | Politics

Government Signs Land Into Trust For Cowlitz

OPB | March 9, 2015 12:47 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has signed land into trust for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. It’s a major step towards establishing a reservation in southwest Washington.

Economy | News | Business | Politics | local

First Government-Run Pot Shop To Open In Washington State

OPB | March 6, 2015 1:29 p.m. | North Bonneville, Washington

The first government-run recreational marijuana store in the country opens in Washington State on Saturday. Revenue from the pot shop will benefit the small town of North Bonneville.

News | World | Politics | local

Stacey Addison Has Left East Timor, Expected In Portland Wednesday

OPB | March 3, 2015 4:17 p.m.

An Oregon veterinarian who’s been held in the country of East Timor since last fall is on her way home. Stacey Addison says she was held without due process. Her family says it’s all because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Traveler Held In East Timor On Her Way Home To Oregon

OPB | March 3, 2015 11:27 a.m.

An Oregon veterinarian who’s been held in the country of East Timor since last fall is on her way home.

News | Politics | Health | Nation | local

Portland VA Cuts Long Wait Times

OPB | March 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Last spring, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was embroiled in a scandal over long wait times at its clinics around the country. Some of the longest wait times in the country were right here in the Pacific Northwest. But now that's changed.

News | Politics

Clark County Votes To Display 'In God We Trust'

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 2:51 p.m.

Clark County Councilors voted Tuesday to display “In God We Trust” on the walls of their public meeting room.