Rebecca Ellis is a general assignment reporter with OPB.
Before arriving in Portland, she was a Kroc Fellow at NPR, filing stories for the National Desk in Washington D.C. and reporting from Salt Lake City. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies. She has spent past summers as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender’s office in the Bronx, and a reporter for a local weekly in Queens. Most recently, she interned with the Miami Herald, filing general assignment stories and learning to scuba dive.
Portland Police began clearing Lownsdale Square and Chapman Square in downtown Portland Thursday morning as part of a deal with the Trump administration to remove federal officers from the city's downtown core.
The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to refer a measure to the November ballot asking Portlanders to overhaul police oversight in the city. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty led the charge for a ballot measure that would reshape how discipline and misconduct claims are handled.
Some protesters believe the tear gas is doing more than causing red eyes and seething skin. OPB interviewed 26 protesters, ranging in age from 17 to 43, who said they believe routine exposure to tear gas has caused irregularities within their menstrual cycle.
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon has temporarily restrained the use of force by federal officers deployed to Portland, restricting their interactions with legal observers and journalists observing nightly protests against police violence.