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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': 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.

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'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.  

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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.  

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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.  

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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. 

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'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.