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Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin is the news director for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before OPB, Anna spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at The Oregonian and 10 years as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer. She served as a 2011-12 Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

Anna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She minored in screaming about the college basketball team.

When she's not at work, Anna is busy raising her two children and wondering what the concept of "free time" actually means.

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Recent Articles

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now:' Brown Recall Effort, Sondland Testimony, Wheeler Reelection Campaign

In this week's grab bag episode of "OPB Politics Now," OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss a newsy week in Portland-area politics.

Politics | Election | News | local

'OPB Politics Now:' The Power Of Public Employee Unions In Oregon

Public employee unions have historically been one of the reasons Democrats enjoy a stranglehold on Oregon politics. But that might be changing.  

Transportation | News | local

Portland Pedestrian Killed By Truck In Interstate 5 Collision

Portland Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a semitruck Thursday evening on Interstate 5 at the Fremont Bridge.

News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Protests

This week, "OPB Politics Now" looks at what police can and can’t do about brawling protesters in Portland — and why ending the fighting is so politically difficult.

Politics | News

Head Of Oregon's Embattled Child Welfare Division Retires — Effective Immediately

The head of Oregon’s embattled child welfare agency is retiring – effectively immediately.  

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now:' It’s Legislative Pop Quiz Time

The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.

Politics | Election | News | local

'OPB Politics Now:' The Cost Of Changing Election Campaign Finance Limits And Remembering Jackie Winters

This week at the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers started work on campaign finance limits that don’t go quite as far as you might expect. And they mourned one of their own.

Economy | News | local | Politics

'OPB Politics Now:' Portland Budget Discussion Sets Stage For Unpleasant 2020 Campaign Season

Portland’s city council just passed its yearly budget, and things got ugly.

History | News | local | Politics

Former Portland Mayor Frank Ivancie, A Symbol Of A Different City, Dies At 94

Mayor Frank Ivancie represented an older, more conservative Portland. He died in Southern California at age 94.

Politics | News | local

President Or Senate? Jeff Merkley Says He'll Announce 2020 Plans Tuesday

After months of speculation, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said he’ll announce his 2020 plans Tuesday morning. 

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now:' Back To Work In The Oregon Legislature

In this week's episode of 'OPB Politics Now', OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes talk cap and trade and plastic straws, plus take a look at ways to make the Pacific Northwest more relevant in the 2020 presidential race.

News | local

Metro Preps For Big Ballot Measure Amid Anti-Growth Sentiments

Regional leaders hoping to put a massive transportation spending plan before voters next year face at least one major obstacle: Voters aren't happy with the direction the Portland area is headed.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Democratic Donor Terry Bean Again Indicted On Sex Crime Charges

Prominent Democratic Party donor Terry Bean again faces sex crime charges related to a 2013 incident involving a teenage boy. 

News | Transportation | Land use | Sustainability | Politics | Business | local | Economy

Meet Metro's New Boss, And Prepare For Major Portland Area Changes

There's a new face atop the Portland area's regional government. And she has plans for big changes to your daily commute.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': New Era In City Hall, Hostile Environment At Capitol

It’s a new era at Portland City Hall as Commissioner Jo An Hardesty replaces Dan Saltzman, one of the longest-serving city officials ever.

Sports | News | Land | Land use | Politics | Business | local

To Build A Ballpark, Baseball Must Overcome Oregon's Love Of Industrial Land

The group trying to bring Major League Baseball to Portland has picked a stadium site, but Oregon's commitment to preserving industrial land is one big logistical hurdle. 


'OPB Politics Now:' Baseball, Tolling And A Day Of Reckoning

Major League Baseball might be coming to Portland. Tolling might be coming to Oregon freeways. And a day of reckoning might be coming to the state Legislature.

Sports | News | local

Baseball Organizers Secure Rights To Develop NW Portland Land

The group trying to bring Major League Baseball to Portland has signed a letter of intent giving it the right to develop the Port of Portland's Terminal 2 in Northwest Portland. 

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now:' Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Very Bad Week

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had perhaps the worst week of his tenure. Is the problem this particular mayor or Portland’s unique form of government?

Business | Sports | Education | local | News

Big Changes Coming To Portland Schools' Land, Even Without Baseball

Major League Baseball isn't coming to the home of Oregon's largest school district. But big, radical change is still coming to this part of Portland — and that could mean a windfall for the district.