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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

‘OPB Politics Now:’ The Politics Of Guns In The Northwest

Washington and Oregon are solidly blue states. But guns are one issue where Democratic lawmakers have struggled to build consensus.

local | News | Race In The Northwest

For Immigrants' Son, Vietnam Trip Led To More Conservative Worldview

Andy Ngo's attitudes toward race, already evolving, underwent a sharp change a few years ago when he traveled to Vietnam for the first time.

local | Arts | News | Race In The Northwest

A Black Comic In Oregon Tells — And Rethinks — Jokes About Race

D. Martin Austin is a black, queer comic in Portland, and they say white audiences expect them to make jokes about race.

Health | Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Measure 101

Oregon voters have overwhelmingly approved a package of health care taxes to ensure low-income Oregonians will keep their health coverage.  

Election | Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Understanding Measure 101

We explain what Measure 101 would do and dig into what opponents and proponents are saying ahead of the Jan. 23 vote.

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': A Look Ahead At 2018

Who will be Oregon’s next governor? Should any Congressional representatives worry about midterm elections? Will Oregon highways get tolls?

Nation | local | News

Federal Investigators: Positive Train Control Would Have Prevented Amtrak Derailment

Federal investigators say technology known as positive train control would have prevented the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train south of Tacoma late last year.

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': In-Depth On Vera Katz

We hear more about the life and legacy of one of Portland's trailblazing politicians who died earlier this month.

Business | Communities | History | local | News

Supporters Want To Rename A Portland Street For Harvey Milk — And Send A Message

Street renamings don’t happen often in Portland – and when they do, they’re usually complicated by issues of race, class and politics.

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Vera Katz’s Legacy, Wheeler’s Handling Of Homelessness

Host Julie Sabatier is joined by OPB news director Anna Griffin and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, and Dirk VanderHart of the Portland Mercury.

Nation | History | local | Politics | News

Vera Katz's Son Reflects On Legacy Of 'An Early Feminist And Barrier Breaker'

The son of former Portland Mayor Vera Katz reflects on her life and legacy. 

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': OHA Audit Shows Millions Misspent

According to the audit, the agency has failed to enact rigorous financial controls and properly determine who is eligible for coverage.

local | News

In East Portland, Trying To Build Community In A Planner's Nightmare

Portland is known as a hub of smart urban planning. But some of the city's most diverse neighborhoods remain sprawling, messy and distinctly unfriendly to pedestrians and bike riders.

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Kruse And Kitzhaber Back In The Spotlight

We discuss three very different stories of Oregon politicians in the news this week.

Nation | local | News

US Justice Department Threatens Oregon Over Sanctuary Policy

The U.S. Department of Justice has put Multnomah County, the state of Oregon and 27 other jurisdictions on notice that their sanctuary policies may cost them federal money.

local | News

Oregon Democrats Want Assurances About DACA, Immigration Raids

Six members of Oregon’s congressional delegation — all Democrats — want assurances that federal immigration agents will not target DACA recipients for arrest and possible deportation.

local | News | Race In The Northwest

An American Of Japanese Descent Sees The Foreignness In Herself

OPB is asking people across the Pacific Northwest to talk about the role race plays in their daily lives. In this installment, a woman of Japanese descent who recently learned a stark lesson about her own unconscious attitudes toward what it means to be an American.

local | News | Race In The Northwest

A World Of Perspective Leads To A More Optimistic View On Race

OPB is asking people in the Pacific Northwest to talk about the role race plays in their daily lives. In this installment, a man whose experiences around the world give him a unique perspective on America’s debates about race.  

local | Family | News | Race In The Northwest

Raising 2 Sons And Navigating 2 Races

OPB is asking people across the Pacific Northwest to talk about the role race plays in their daily lives. Today, a white couple adjusts to raising a mixed-race family.


Douglas County DA: No Criminal Charges To Be Filed In UCC Mass Shooting

Douglas County officials say they have completed their investigation into the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College two years ago – and they will not file criminal charges against anyone.