Jonathan Levinson is a multimedia reporter covering policing for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Previously, he covered Mexico as a freelancer. His radio work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the CBC. His photography has been featured in ESPN, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News. He has been a guest on CNN, PBS Newshour and MSNBC.
Jonathan spent five years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
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‘OPB Politics Now’: The gun regulation debate begins ... again
Oregon lawmakers have been so busy this session working up major packages on housing and semiconductors that the two parties have barely had time to fight over the issues that most bitterly divide them. That changed this week, as Democrats called up three bills that would expand gun regulation in the state. OPB reporters Dirk VanderHart and Jonathan Levinson break them down on the new episode.
Oregon legislators to consider 3 new laws aimed at curbing gun deaths
Legislators in Oregon are making a fourth attempt to ban “ghost guns,” untraceable and undetectable firearms that are assembled at home. They have proliferated in recent years. The legislation is one of three bills put forward this session to address gun violence in the state.
Recommendations still not implemented from 2018 Portland police gang team audit
The Portland Police Bureau should do more to protect information about people’s alleged gang affiliations and to measure how effective the new gun violence teams are at reducing gun violence, according to a city auditor’s update released Tuesday.
Family of Josephine County man shot by Oregon State Police in 2015, receives settlement, apology
The family of a Josephine County man shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers in 2015 announced they had settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the state for $1.6 million and an apology.
‘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.
Independent review finds Tigard police at fault for fatal 2021 shooting
The Tigard police officer who shot and killed Jacob Macduff on Jan. 6, 2021, had no reason to fear for his life, according to an independent report released this week.
Police standoff near Portland’s Cathedral Park ends in fire, arrest but no injuries
A man who neighbors knew only as Brent and say had ongoing mental health issues prompted a standoff with police Friday at his St. Johns apartment. After an approximately three-hour standoff, the man started a fire in his apartment and was taken into custody.
Portland police union, city at impasse over ‘prereview’ in body camera policy discussions
A years-long standoff between the City of Portland and the Portland Police Association over what policies will govern federally mandated body cameras ended in a stalemate this week. The two sides’ final respective proposals were released Friday and the decision now heads to an arbitrator to make the final decision.
Gunshot detection company investigated for possible violations of Portland lobbying laws
The Portland City Auditor has opened an investigation into ShotSpotter for possibly violating city lobbying codes, according to an official in the auditor’s office.
Oregon Supreme Court upholds order blocking new voter-approved gun laws
The Oregon Supreme Court has denied a petition to overturn a lower court ruling blocking the state’s new gun laws from taking effect. Ballot Measure 114’s provisions remain blocked in their entirety pending a lower court hearing on the measure’s constitutionality.