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.
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Bill to create a commission overseeing health care in Oregon jails has died
House Bill 3391 died in the House Judiciary Committee after failing to get scheduled for a work session by Friday’s deadline.
Oregon public defender asks court to withdraw overworked attorneys, dismiss cases
Attorneys challenged Oregon’s broken public defense system in a court filing meant to halt the long-running practice of overloading public defenders with more cases than they can ethically and legally handle.
Protest mass shooter in Portland pleads guilty to murder and attempted murder
On Feb. 19, 2022, Benjamin Smith shot five people near Northeast Portland's Normandale Park. The shooting left one person dead, another paralyzed from the neck down, and three others with serious injuries. On Wednesday, Smith pleaded guilty to nine counts including murder, attempted murder and assault.
Alleged Normandale Park shooter set to plead guilty Wednesday in Multnomah County court
Benjamin Smith is charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder stemming from a shooting on Feb. 19, 2022, at Normandale Park in Northeast Portland that left June Knightly dead and another unnamed victim paralyzed from the neck down, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
Clark County signs up correctional health care provider facing litigation for wrongful deaths
Clark County signed off on a three-year contract worth at least $17 million with a for-profit health care provider at its county jail and juvenile facility in Vancouver, Wash. WellPath is facing at least four active wrongful death cases in Oregon.
‘Your body feels numb’: Living in Portland without shelter in the frigid cold
For Portlanders without a permanent place to live, frigid temperatures can be dangerous, even deadly.
Not all sexual abuse allegations against Oregon prison nurse made it to local prosecutors
Several women at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility who made allegations of sexual abuse to detectives never had their accounts considered by local prosecutors, raising questions about how seriously authorities took the case.
City of Cottage Grove, police, violate Oregon’s sanctuary law, lawsuit claims
A lawsuit claims the Lane County community has used public resources to enforce federal immigration laws, in violation of Oregon law.
US Senate confirms Oregon Justice Adrienne Nelson to a seat on federal bench
The bipartisan confirmation makes Nelson the first Black women jurist in Oregon to become a U.S. District Court judge. And also provides Gov. Tina Kotek an opening for her first justice to the state’s highest court.
State of Montana, fuel industry sue Portland over city’s gas transport rules
The challenge from the fossil fuel industry contends Portland’s policy violates the federal commerce law. Rule supporters say it’s needed to avoid an environmental disaster.