Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.
Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on "Marketplace" and NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.
Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Several dozen additional federal law enforcement officers are deploying to Portland while federal officials are internally acknowledging they have contributed to the quick escalation between law enforcement and groups of protesters.
A recently obtained document by OPB shows the federal government sees the fence surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse as crucial to its presence in Portland, which — according to the acquisition form — could last into 2021.
The Trump administration describes Portland as “city under siege.” Protesters and journalists who regularly show up at the nightly demonstrations agree a siege is happening. But over 14 days, federal law enforcement has increasingly become the occupying force.