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Julie Sabatier


Julie Sabatier is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

Julie joined the Think Out Loud team in 2008. She was also the creator and host of the public radio show and podcast Rendered until the show retired in 2015. Julie previously worked as the staff writer for Just Out, reported for Willamette Week, served as podcast producer for Bitch Magazine and produced stories for The Splendid Table, NPR and 99% Invisible.

Julie graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Recent Articles

Politics | News | Environment | Think Out Loud

Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | 'Good Hair'

OPB | April 26, 2017 noon

We hear about budget negotiations heating up in Salem, how carbon pricing could affect communities of color, and the politics of "good hair." 

News | Think Out Loud

Blazers Season Recap | Cybersecurity | Raising The Smoking Age

OPB | April 25, 2017 noon

We learn about cybersecurity "honeypots" and a bill to raise the age for tobacco use in Oregon.

Politics | News

OPB Politics Now: What’s Dead And What’s Alive?

OPB | April 21, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Halfway through the legislative session, we talk about which bills are "dead" and which ones are moving forward.

Politics | local | Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Represented: Fixing And Funding Oregon's Roads

OPB | April 17, 2017 noon

We hit the road — literally — to see how a pothole is filled and find out how that kind of routine road maintenance fits into the huge transportation package lawmakers are putting together.

News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Disability Rights Lawsuit | Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 18, 2017 noon

We get business news from the editor of the "Portland Business Journal," then turn to a new lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates. We end the hour with a preview of the Soul'd Out music festival.

Politics | local | Nation | News

'OPB Politics Now': Greg Walden Faces The Music

OPB | April 13, 2017 12:10 p.m. | Portland

OPB reporters Jeff Mapes and Amanda Peacher join host Geoff Norcross to talk about the raucous reception Rep. Greg Walden has received at town hall meetings this week. 

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Migrant College Program | Bridging The Budget Gap | Sandy Hook Parents

OPB | April 11, 2017 noon

Alissa and Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, share their story. Also, a college program for migrant farm workers in Eastern Oregon, and a new report suggesting ways to bridge the state's budget gap.

Politics | local | Economy | News

'OPB Politics Now': The Taxes Are Coming!

OPB | April 6, 2017 3:39 p.m. | Portland

With Tax Day approaching, we dig into tax reform efforts at the national, state and local levels.

News | Think Out Loud

Ducks In Final Four | Office Of Outdoor Recreation | News Roundtable

OPB | March 31, 2017 noon

We talk about Ducks basketball, a proposed Office of Outdoor Recreation, and big news stories from the week.

Politics | local | Nation | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Resists Trump

OPB | March 30, 2017 1:54 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s leaders are picking fights with the Trump administration on a number of issues. The administration is pushing back, threatening to withhold grants from states that don’t get in line.

News | Think Out Loud

Private Prison Study | Clark County Farmland | AG On Sanctuary | Japanese Garden Opening

OPB | March 30, 2017 noon

A study on private prisons, a look at farmland in Clark County, an attempt to understand how the federal government will respond to sanctuary states and a preview of the new Japanese garden.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Coast Trail | Senate President Peter Courtney

OPB | March 29, 2017 noon

Oregon's longest serving lawmaker, Peter Courtney joins us for an extended interview. And we discuss an effort to complete the Oregon Coast Trail.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Grand Jury Transcripts | Concealed Carry Reciprocity | Medicine Costs

OPB | March 28, 2017 noon

The latest local business news, a movement to extend reciprocity between states for concealed carry permits, grand jury transcripts in the Quanice Hayes case, and an in-depth look at how pharmaceutical companies set the prices for drugs.

Nation | News | Think Out Loud

SCOTUS Ruling On Special Education | Right 2 Dream Too | Japanese Internment & Resistance

OPB | March 27, 2017 noon

We learn what a recent SCOTUS ruling means for students with disabilities, what's next for a Portland homeless camp, and how Oregonians fought against discrimination during WWII.

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Liberals Vs. Liberals At Portland City Hall

OPB | March 23, 2017 3:44 p.m. | Portland

Portland commissioners are trying to enact a progressive agenda, but activists in council chambers are yelling at them to focus more on police reform and homelessness.

Think Out Loud

Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | March 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Health | local | Nation | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Rep. Greg Walden Works On Health Care

OPB | March 17, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is at the center of Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act — but the bill his committee came up with is not universally loved by Republicans.

Think Out Loud

New I-5 Bridge? | Sea Grant Funding At Risk | Airbnb Lawsuit

OPB | March 14, 2017 noon | Portland

Two Portland law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Airbnb alleging discrimination. A leaked federal budget memo proposes cutting funding for Sea Grant. And some Washington legislators want to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.

Think Out Loud

Trump's Travel Ban And The Mohamud Case | Tacoma's ICE Detention Facility | Gerrymandering In Oregon | Paid Family Leave

OPB | March 13, 2017 noon

What does the Mohamad Mohamud case tell us about the Trump administration's travel ban? Also, we discuss Tacoma's ICE detention facility, redistricting in Oregon, and two competing family leave bills in the Oregon Legislature.

Think Out Loud

Expanding Oregon Health Plan | Teaching English | Portland City Council Protests

OPB | March 9, 2017 noon | Portland

A new bill would expand the Oregon Health Plan to cover undocumented children. We also learn about a program which organizes adult volunteers to teach other adults English. And the ACLU is negotiating with Portland over an ordinance that would keep some people out of City Council meetings.