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Allison Frost


Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."

She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor and senior producer. Before OPB, she led a local community radio station in Fresno, California, tutored English and sold books.

Allison holds a degree in speech communication from California State University, Fresno, and a masters in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon.

She likes to play with and blog about her two young children in and around Portland where she and her husband make their home.

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Recent Articles

Think Out Loud

Vera Katz | Kenton Women's Village

Former Portland mayor and Oregon house speaker Vera Katz died Monday morning at age 84. Also, we discuss a pilot program that provides tiny homes to homeless women.

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Life After Taggart | Accessible Park | Pioneer School

The special education program at Pioneer School in Portland Public Schools will close. Also, a new park is home to Oregon's first outdoor field for disabled athletes. And Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is leaving for Florida.

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Bend Government | African American Priorities In Portland | Columbia CEO

The Portland African American Leadership Forum has a new plan reflecting the priorities of Portland's African American community. Bend City Council will decide whether to send voters a plan to fundamentally change the city's system of government. And Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle talks about safety for downtown businesses.

News | Think Out Loud

Car Thefts In PDX | Gorge Recovery | Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis

How is the Gorge recovering after the fire? Also, we'll hear from Eugene's mayor. And a story about why car thefts are on the rise in Portland.

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News Roundtable | Asian Immigrants | Hanford Cleanup

Our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines. Also, we hear about a milestone in the Hanford nuclear cleanup. And we talk to a local organization that works with Asian immigrants — the fastest growing immigrant group in Oregon. 

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Cuba | OSU Building Names | Dallas School Lawsuit

What criteria should a university use to decide whether its founders were racist? Also, we'll talk to a Portland journalist about how U.S.-Cuba policy has changed, and parents who are suing an Oregon school over its transgender policy.

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Rural Cannabis Grows | Jackie Winters | The Story Of OR-4

We learn about a Josephine County proposal to restrict cannabis grows; talk to Jackie Winters, the first African American minority leader in Oregon's Legislature; and hear about state wolf management.

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Chemawa Investigative Series | Living With Autism

OPB reporters Rob Manning and Tony Schick give us the highlights from their investigation into the Chemawa Indian School in Salem. And we find out what life is like for one family dealing with autism.

NW Life | local | Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: On The Road: Long Beach Peninsula

In September, "Think Out Loud" traveled to the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington and recorded conversations with tourists, residents and wanderers there. 

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Climate Change | Sex Trafficking | KKK

A new book looks at the history of the Ku Klux Klan. Also, we'll learn about a new report on the effect of sex trafficking laws. And a letter signed by thousands of scientists warns about climate change.

Politics | Health | local | News | Think Out Loud

Oregon Health Authority | News Roundtable | Sexual Assault Reporting

Approximately 80,000 kids will lose health coverage if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the CHIP program. Also, our news roundtable takes up some big stories from the week. And a sexual assault reporting program that began in Ashland has received nationwide praise. 

local | News | Think Out Loud

'The Horse Latitudes' | 'Thank You For Your Service'

We'll discuss a novel about soldiers in the Iraq War. And we'll discuss how soldiers feel about the phrase "Thank you for your service."

News | Teachers | local | Education | Think Out Loud

Portland Police Report | Sheriff ICE Investigation | Mandatory Reporting In Salem-Keizer

On today's show: an independent report into former police chief Larry O'Dea, an investigation into Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies helping ICE agents, and a school policy requiring teachers to report students' sexual activity. 

local | News | Think Out Loud

DC Politics And The NW | Photographing Rohingya Muslims | 'Alt-America'

A new book chronicles the rise of the radical right in America. Also, a local photographer just returned from Myanmar. And OPB's senior political reporter just returned from Washington, D.C.

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Underwater Hockey | UO President Schill | Carlos Kalmar

Music director Carlos Kalmar shares the Oregon Symphony's new series, "Sounds of Home." Also, University of Oregon President Michael Schill talks to us about protests on campus and we learn about the sport of underwater hockey.

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Homeless Data | Lane County Strike | Recycling

It may soon become a lot more difficult to recycle some items. Also, new data on Multnomah County's homeless population and striking union workers reach a contract agreement with Lane County.

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Harassment In Salem | Planting Sagebrush | Vancouver Port Race | Homeless Privacy

An Oregon state senator has been stripped of his powers. A new program trains prisoners to grow sagebrush. Also, we hear about the Port of Vancouver commissioner race and about how privacy laws apply to the homeless.

local | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Bringing Down 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

We speak with Maj. Margaret Witt, whose lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force led to the fall of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," about her new book. Also, our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines.

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Eastern Oregon Film Fest | Home Rule Charter | Art Restoration

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival kicks off this weekend. Douglas County is considering dramatic changes to its county government. And a PSU chemistry professor is innovating art restoration.

Environment | Think Out Loud

Green Cannabis | 'Viewpoint Diversity' | Reedies Against Racism

We talk about the environmental impact of cultivating cannabis, conservative perspectives on college campuses, and why some Reed students are protesting a humanities class.