Kim Freda is a news content manager at OPB. Kim's career began in television at NBC & ABC affiliate WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. There, she covered a wide breadth of news, including environmental stories, political corruption and legal issues.
Kim holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast news from West Virginia University.
‘OPB Politics Now’: Redistricting wrap up and the future of civility in the statehouse
The Oregon Legislature concluded its special session to redraw the state’s political maps this week. The question now is whether those maps — and civility in the statehouse — can survive.
‘OPB Politics Now’: Portland’s Texas boycott fumble and what lies ahead for redistricting
The city of Portland made a national splash a few weeks ago when the city council announced it would be boycotting the entire state of Texas. But after the city made the headlines, the plan changed. This week, we run down the details of how the city’s confused response to Texas’s near-total ban on abortions. We also discuss the redistricting fight state lawmakers are gearing up for.
‘OPB Politics Now’: Oregon’s dueling redistricting plans
Oregon’s battle over how to draw new political maps got real late last week when Democrats and Republicans in Salem unveiled dueling redistricting plans. Now, it’s unclear whether they can find an agreement before time runs out.
‘OPB Politics Now’: A complicated return to in-person learning for Oregon students
Oregon schoolchildren are beginning to head back into the classroom. But with the delta variant exploding throughout Oregon, this school year is looking far different than what many students, parents and teachers had hoped.
‘OPB Politics Now:’ Census data and a contentious redistricting process
After months of delay, the Census Bureau has finally released the detailed data that will help lawmakers create new political districts this year. Now, the interesting part begins.
Good news on fires: Bootleg Fire 100% contained, cooler weather coming
Relief is on the way for much of Oregon as it’s on track to emerge from the hot, hazy weather that has blanketed the region for five days.
‘OPB Politics Now’: Unpacking OPB’s investigation into a fatal shooting by a private security officer
Since last year, calls for police reform have led to meaningful policy changes in Portland and other cities throughout the country. But less scrutiny has gone to a sector that often crops up when police aren’t around: Private security.
‘OPB Politics Now’: The explosive departure of Oregon’s legislative equity officer
The official who handles harassment complaints among lawmakers in Oregon's state Capitol recently resigned in an explosive fashion. As he left, he lobbed serious allegations of dysfunction within the office.
Find out where fireworks are — and are not — allowed in Oregon and SW Washington
Hazardous dry weather and scorching temperatures have exposed the Northwest to significant fire danger as the region heads into the worst of fire season.
‘OPB Politics Now’: Legislative wrap up
The Oregon Legislature has concluded an unprecedented session. Lawmakers passed legislation addressing the pandemic, wildfires, social equity issues and more. This week, we review the most significant bills passed by lawmakers -- and what they missed.