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Laurie Isola

Laurie Isola is a digital producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before joining OPB, Laurie worked as a web producer at, a travel writer for Rough Guides, an editor at Via magazine and a desk editor and reporter at regional news wire in the San Francisco Bay Area. To mix things up, she co-owned and operated Germany’s first tacowagen in Berlin.
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, where she studied everything from the American transcendentalists to metal working.

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Recent Articles

Politics | NW Life | local | News

3 Things To Watch As Protests Continue In Portland

OPB | Jan. 20, 2017 7:23 p.m. | Portland

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Portland on Friday night. On Saturday, the city prepares for thousands more. 

Politics | local | News

6 People Arrested During J20 Protests In Downtown Portland

OPB | Jan. 20, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Police deployed pepper spray against some protesters Friday night in downtown Portland as the group attempted to move across police lines and cross the Burnside Bridge.

local | NW Life | Family | Food | Cooking

Thanksgiving Tips, Memories From Oregon Purveyors Of Food And Drink

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 2 p.m. | Portland

What makes Thanksgiving special for food and drink purveyors around Oregon? Nostalgia, tradition and gravy.

Nation | Politics | local | News

Portland Mayor Calls For End To Anti-Trump Protests; Shooting Suspects Charged

OPB | Nov. 11, 2016 7:59 p.m. | Portland

Police say a motorist exited his vehicle and fired multiple shots, injuring a man following a confrontation with protesters on the bridge.

Portland Businesses, Residents Clean Up After Thursday's Protest

OPB | Nov. 11, 2016 5:01 p.m.

The cleanup efforts mounted after Thursday night’s protests in Portland have erased some — but not all — of the damage left behind by vandals.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Court Agrees To Dismiss Juror No. 11 In Malheur Trial

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 8:31 a.m. | Portland

He’s a former Bureau of Land Management employee who told other jurors “I am very biased” during their deliberations. 

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Defense Rests Its Case In Malheur Trial

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Portland

The defense rested its case Monday afternoon in the trial of seven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The prosecution followed with a relatively short rebuttal case. Jury instructions begin Tuesday.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Prosecutor Cross-Examines Ammon Bundy For 15 Minutes

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 7:29 a.m. | Portland

A federal prosecutor spent little more than 15 minutes cross-examining Ammon Bundy, who has spent the last three days testifying in his defense.

Nation | local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Defense Zipping Through Witness List In Oregon Standoff Trial

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 11:12 a.m. | Portland

Toward the end of Wednesday's session, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown observed the defense was quickly moving through its witness list.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ammon Bundy Had $8K In Cash On Him At Time Of Arrest

OPB | Sept. 20, 2016 7:38 a.m. | Portland

The leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation had more than $8,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest, according to testimony heard Tuesday.

local | NW Life | History | Arts | Entertainment

Darcelle Crowned World's 'Oldest Drag Queen Performer' By Guinness

OPB | Aug. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Guinness World Records awarded the City of Roses’ grand dame — who operates Darcelle XV, the longest-running drag revue west of the Mississippi — the designation this week.

NW Life | Cooking

Bubbie Ida's Matzo Ball Soup For Passover

OPB | April 20, 2016 12:28 p.m. | Portland

Portland resident Laurie Fendel helps us celebrate the start of Passover with her Bubbie Ida's recipe for matzo ball soup.

Arts | Discovering Beverly Cleary

5 Things To Know About Beverly Cleary

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

We know Ramona. We know Ralph and Beezus, too. But what about the woman who brought those characters to life? Here are five facts about author Beverly Cleary.

Arts | Discovering Beverly Cleary

Quiz: Do You Know Beverly Cleary's Books?

OPB | March 9, 2016 4:26 p.m.

Test your Beverly Cleary knowledge in this quiz focusing on some of the Newbery Medal–winning author's best-known works.