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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 | Election | News | local

In Oregon's Gubernatorial Race, Winning Isn't The Point For Independent Candidate

The Independent Party of Oregon doesn't gauge success based on statewide candidates. But Patrick Starnes presses on in the race for governor. 

Economy | Politics | Election | Business | local | News

In New Approach, Metro Leaders Ask Voters For $652 Million Housing Bond

Leaders of the Portland area's regional government want voters to OK a $652 million bond measure — and a more proactive regional approach to housing. 

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Intersection Of Star Power, Sports And Politics

OPB news director Anna Griffin and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart explore the tricky intersection of sports, celebrity and politics on this week’s episode of OPB Politics Now.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Teacher Turmoil And Sheriff’s Against Sanctuary Law

Southwest Washington’s teachers are on strike, and almost half of Oregon’s sheriff’s despise one of the country’s oldest sanctuary laws.


'OPB Politics Now': The Political Consequences Of Men Behaving Badly

A U.S. House candidate’s entire campaign staff resigns. A state House candidate ignores calls from his own party to step aside. And the president of the United States berates the mayor of Portland.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Labor Commissioner Accuses Legislature Of Creating Hostile Workplace

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused state legislative leaders of creating a hostile work environment in which reports of sexual harassment were ignored, underplayed or buried.

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Clark County Fires Deputy For Wearing Hate Group Sweatshirt

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has fired a deputy who wore a sweatshirt that promotes a far-right group whose members have espoused racist, Islamophobic and sexist rhetoric.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Merkley, Wyden And Senate Democrats Protest Judicial Nominations

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden spent three hours Tuesday night protesting the Republican Party’s approach to confirming federal judges.

News | local

How Do You Fix A Broken Street? Portland Tries On Division

Over the past decade, 129 people have been seriously injured and 19 people have been killed on Portland's Southeast Division Street. It's one of the more dangerous roads in the entire state of Oregon.

Politics | Nation | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Collision Of Politics And Criminal Justice

Oregon’s attorney general is joining yet another lawsuit against the Trump administration, this time over the family separation policy.

History | News | local

Portland Leaders Rename Downtown Street For Harvey Milk

City leaders voted Thursday to rename a portion of Southwest Stark Street after Harvey Milk.

Nation | News | local

Judge Denies Prosecutors 3-D Model Of Scene In LaVoy Finicum Shooting

A judge has thrown out a 3-D model that attempted to show where FBI Agent Joseph Astarita was standing at the roadblock that ended in LaVoy Finicum's death.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Metro Council Sends $652 Million Housing Bond To Voters In Portland Region

Voters in the three-county Portland region will be asked to approve a 652-million dollar bond measure  this fall to help build affordable housing.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Changing Demographic Of Oregon Politics

Pundits are calling this the year of the woman in politics. But in Oregon, this demographic shift has been years in the making.

News | local

Baseball In Portland? The Path To Play Ball Could Be A Long One

A coalition has restarted the conversation about bringing Major League Baseball to Oregon. But there are a lot of steps, and possibly many years, between Portland and “play ball.”

News | local

'OPB Politics Now’: Wapato Jail And Homelessness In Portland

Multnomah County leaders thought they finally had to deal to sell off the Wapato Jail. But when it comes to this particular large government white elephant, things are never easy.

Politics | Health | Business | News | local

'OPB Politics Now:' The Legislature Adjourns, The Republicans Meet

On this special Monday edition, we wrap up the highlights and surprises of the 2018 legislative session. And we examine the state of the Oregon Republican Party after the annual Dorchester Conference. 

‘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.

News | local | 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 | News | Arts | 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.