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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

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'OPB Politics Now': Wrapping Up The Oregon Legislature’s Special Session

Oregon lawmakers met for an unusual special session last week focused on COVID-19 and racial justice.

local | Election | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon’s 2020 Primary Election Recap

As expected, the COVID-19 crisis slowed ballot counting in Oregon. But we have some big races to break down.

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'OPB Politics Now': Countdown To Oregon's Primary Election

This week, we discuss questionable claims on mailers, negative ads and strange trends in endorsements.

Health | local | News

Are Cities Less Safe In A Public Health Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified arguments against density and taken them mainstream.

'OPB Politics Now': Campaigning From A Distance

It’s hard for unknown candidates to win elections in normal times. But how about when the only way to campaign is at a distance? 

'OPB Politics Now': Special Legislative Session Nixed, Rose Quarter Project Moves Forward

The Oregon legislature will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.

Health | Election | local | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Effect On Campaign Politics

This week, we look at how the coronavirus pandemic is changing your May and November ballots.

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Tips For Buying Groceries During Pandemic: Keep Your Distance, Don't Hoard

Grocers and Gov. Kate Brown have simple, clear advice for people headed to the grocery store in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: Stay calm, keep some distance and remember other people need supplies, too.

Environment | Business | News | local | Energy | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Cap And Trade Creeps Forward Amid A Looming Walkout

The Oregon Legislature crept closer to a vote on a controversial plan to fight climate change this week.  

Environment | local | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': A Historic Compromise For Forest Management

Oregon environmentalists and the timber industry have reached a historic compromise over how forests are managed. But not everyone is happy.

local | Election | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': The Political Fight Between Sam Adams And Chloe Eudaly

An already chaotic season in Portland city politics ratcheted way up recently when former Mayor Sam Adams entered the fray.

local | Politics | News | History

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams Seeks Comeback Against Chloe Eudaly

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams wants a political comeback, and he's challenging Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. 

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Portland Commissioner Nick Fish Dies At 61

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish has died at 61, his office announced Thursday. Fish had announced his resignation to focus on treatment for stomach cancer earlier in the week.

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'OPB Politics Now': Outlaw's New Job And Remembering Nick Fish

This week brought two stunning changes to Oregon’s largest city: Police Chief Danielle Outlaw's departure and Portland Commissioner Nick Fish's death.

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Portland Baseball Organizers Get Another 6 Months On Terminal 2 Stadium Study

The group trying to bring Major League Baseball to Portland wants more time to decide whether a former marine cargo terminal on the Willamette River works for a stadium.  

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'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.

local | Election | News | Politics

'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.  

local | Transportation | News

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.

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'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.

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

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