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Jordana Gustafson


Jordana Gustafson is a reporter for OPB News. She began her radio career at WBUR in Boston and has reported and produced for numerous outlets, including NPR, Marketplace and This American Life. Jordana graduated from Connecticut College. She was a member of the WUNC-Chapel Hill team that won the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award for the series Understanding Poverty. In 2010, she and her colleagues were awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for their documentary series, The Arab World's Demographic Dilemma. Jordana is a 2013 immigration reporting fellow with the Institute for Justice and Journalism. She speaks fluent Spanish, and she recently rode her bike from Slovenia to Spain. She was born and raised in Ojai, California.

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Recent Articles

Nation | News

A Border Divides, But Cannot Conquer A Mother's Hope

OPB | Jan. 7, 2014 5 a.m. | Tijuana, Mexico

When Liliana Ramos was deported to Mexico two years ago she left behind three children to be raised by their grandmother in Bend.

Health | local

Oregon Braces For Severe Flu Season

OPB | Dec. 30, 2013 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon is bracing for a severe flu season. The predominant flu strain so far this year is H1N1.

local

Oregonians Have More Time To Choose Health Insurance For Exchange

OPB | Dec. 27, 2013 3:52 p.m. | Portland

Oregonians found eligible for coverage through the health insurance exchange will have an extra week to select a plan.

local

18K Oregonians To Lose Federal Unemployment Help Saturday

OPB | Dec. 27, 2013 3:45 p.m.

The emergency program started in 2008 in response to the economic crisis. But since Congress did not extend it, about 18,000 Oregonians will lose their benefits.

local | Gay Marriage

Advocates In Oregon Working For Gay Marriage On Two Fronts

OPB | Dec. 27, 2013 2:01 p.m. | Portland

State officials in Utah say they’ll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge’s decision last week that allows same sex couples to marry. Meantime, gay marriage advocates in Oregon are pursuing both a popular vote, and a court decision.

local

Oregon Continues Climb Out Of Recession

OPB | Dec. 26, 2013 12:49 p.m.

Regional economies in Oregon continue to trend toward normal growth rates as the state recovers from the recession.

local | News

Oregon Guard Members Home From Afghanistan

OPB | Dec. 24, 2013 2:05 p.m. | Portland

Five members of the Oregon National Guard have returned home from Afghanistan in time for the holidays, and a thousand more are scheduled to deploy.

local | News | Business

Mandatory Sick Leave Begins Jan. 1 In Portland

OPB | Dec. 24, 2013 12:18 p.m. | Portland

A mandatory sick leave ordinance takes effect in Portland on Jan. 1. The City Council passed the ordinance last March.

local | News

Eugene Woodworth Dies Days After His Marriage In Washington State

OPB | Dec. 23, 2013 4:06 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon man who recently married his partner of 60 years in hopes of passing on his Social Security benefits has died.

local | News | Gay Marriage

After 60 Years Together, They Cross A River, Rings In Hand

OPB | Dec. 17, 2013 2:58 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since the day they met in Chicago in 1953. Last week they made their marriage legal.

local

After Downtown Outage, Portland Businesses Offer Free Parking

OPB | Dec. 13, 2013 11:34 a.m.

Downtown shoppers in Portland this weekend are in for a holiday treat: free parking courtesy of local businesses. 

local

Downtown Portland Outage Over, But PGE Still Searching For Cause

OPB | Dec. 11, 2013 2:12 p.m.

Portland General Electric is trying to find the root cause of the power outage that closed Portland City Hall and the Multnomah County Courthouse this week. 

local

Portland Makes Offer On Chinatown Property, Site Of Homeless Camp

OPB | Dec. 10, 2013 5:02 p.m.

The Portland Development Commission has made an offer on the Chinatown property that’s hosted a homeless camp for more than two years.

local

FCC Approves $3M To Expand Broadband For Rural Oregon

OPB | Dec. 6, 2013 4:18 p.m.

Thousands of homes and businesses in rural Oregon will soon have faster Internet service.

local | News

Right 2 Dream Too Considering Move To Warehouse

OPB | Dec. 5, 2013 5:32 p.m. | Portland

Founders of a Portland homeless community are considering a city offer to move into a vacant warehouse.

local | Nation | News | Immigration Reform

U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation'

OPB | Dec. 5, 2013 6 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Divided families have become a focal point in the national immigration reform debate.  Many families separated by deportation are from Latino communities across the country.

local | Nation | News | Immigration Reform

Immigration Advocates In Bend Join Call For Immediate House Vote

OPB | Dec. 3, 2013 2:04 p.m. | Portland

Advocates in Bend joined a national push Tuesday to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote on the U.S. House floor.

local | Nation | News

FISA Evidence Postpones Mohamud Sentencing

OPB | Nov. 27, 2013 6 p.m. | Portland

Defense attorneys for Mohamed Mohamud have about six weeks to prepare their next moves.

local

Most Travelers In Oregon Will Go By Car For Thanksgiving

OPB | Nov. 27, 2013 3:19 p.m. | Portland

Millions of Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Port of Portland expects nearly 300,000 of those travelers to pass through Portland International Airport this week.

local | News | Business

Paper Or Plastic? Hood River Grocer Victim Of Cyber Attack

OPB | Nov. 26, 2013 3:40 p.m. | Portland

Grocery shoppers at Rosauers in Hood River are being encouraged to use cash or check after a cyber attack on a network that processes financial transactions for several Northwest chains.