Lauren Dake


Lauren Dake is a political reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before OPB, Lauren spent nearly a decade working as a print reporter. She’s covered politics and rural issues in Oregon and Washington. She’s spent time in a maximum-security prison in Bogota, Colombia (for a story!) and sat in a sweat lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

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Latest Stories


‘Youth were abused here': Investigating Sequel’s patterns of abuse of foster children

A yearlong investigation led by APM Reports finds the company took in some of the most difficult-to-treat children while keeping costs low in pursuit of profit and expansion. The result was dozens of cases of physical violence, sexual assault and improper restraints. Despite repeated scandals, many states and counties continue to send kids to Sequel for one central reason: They have little choice.

‘OPB Politics Now': Kate Brown vetoing budget bills, Oregon GOP and the voter pamphlet deadline

We’re catching up on an assortment of Oregon politics this week. Gov. Kate Brown announced she will veto budget bills — but those vetoes might not be legal. The Oregon Republican Party will appear in your voter pamphlet after all — because nobody is quite sure what constitutes a deadline these days. And here in the home of vote by mail, some Oregonians may end up casting their ballots in person.