Andrew Theen
Andrew Theen

Andrew Theen

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Andrew Theen returned to OPB as politics and government editor in April 2023. Longtime listeners may remember him from his first tenure at the news organization from 2006 to 2008. Theen worked at The Oregonian from 2012 to 2023. While at The Oregonian, he covered everything from the city of Hillsboro to Portland City Hall to transportation and the environment. He was the podcasts editor at The Oregonian from 2021 until leaving the paper.

While at The Oregonian, Theen’s work received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Best in the West, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and other journalism entities.

He grew up in Medford and graduated from the University of Oregon. Theen received his master’s degree in public affairs journalism from Northwestern University.

When he is not talking about politics, Theen can be found enjoying Oregon and the Pacific Northwest with his family or talking about – or playing – basketball. Rip City.

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‘OPB Politics Now’: Is Oregon’s drug decriminalization experiment nearing its end?

Oregon’s landmark drug decriminalization law is now in the crosshairs of Democratic leaders. Republicans and other Measure 110 opponents say the proposal doesn’t go far enough, while drug recovery advocates say this is not the way. On the latest episode of "OPB Politics Now," reporters Dirk VanderHart, Lauren Dake and Alex Zielinski discuss.




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‘OPB Politics Now’: The political stories to watch in 2024

It’s going to be a busy year for politics in Oregon and beyond. There’s a presidential election, a coveted and presumably safe Democratic seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for grabs and Portland is embarking on a historic election.


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Oregon loves to be an outlier, and its special kicker tax rebate is yet another example. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Kyra Buckley and Dirk VanderHart go deep on why Oregon's kicker continues to hit unprecedented dollar figures, how the state compares nationally and much more.



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