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Donald Orr

Donald Orr is a general assignment reporter for OPB.

Most recently he was a news production assistant for OPB through the Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship created by AAJA-Portland and SPJ Oregon. He is an alum of NPR’s Next Generation Radio.

He’s previously worked as station manager and productions director for his college radio station, KBVR-FM, and was a news contributor for Orange Media Network at Oregon State University.

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Oregon Universities Wrestle With ICE Order Threatening To Force Out International Students

International students pursuing degrees in the U.S. may have to leave the country if their universities switch to online-only courses this fall.

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Q&A: Umatilla County’s Dramatic Spike In Coronavirus Cases

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Oregon, Umatilla County has become a major hotspot for the spread of COVID-19.

Oregon State Police Deny Trooper Flashed Racist Symbol

The Oregon State Police denied that a trooper flashed a racist hand gesture during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Capitol in Salem on Saturday.

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Racist Threats, Illegal Fireworks Lead To Arrests On Oregon Coast

Lincoln City police arrested seven men on the Oregon Coast Saturday night after the men allegedly made racist threats toward a Black family during Fourth of July celebrations at the beach.

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Oregon Governor Extends State of Emergency For 60 Days

Oregonians must have masks at the ready throughout the state with the start of July, to wear inside indoor public areas. 

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Q&A: OSU President Ed Ray Stepping Down

After 17 years in the role, Oregon State University president Ed Ray is stepping down. His last day on the job is June 30, 2020.

ACLU Sues Portland Police, Saying Officers Attacked Journalists At Protests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon filed a class-action lawsuit Sunday, claiming Portland police are targeting and attacking journalists on duty at protests.

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Coronavirus Diagnoses Surge, Manzanita Mayor Wants Mask Requirement

Coronavirus diagnoses continued to surge Sunday in Oregon, with health officials reporting 247 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19. 

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Oregon Employment Department Addressing 70,000 Gig Worker Claims

The Oregon Employment Department says it’s adding more staff and resources to process approximately 70,000 claims for gig workers and self-employed Oregonians under the recently created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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2 Suspects Connected To Alabama Mass Shooting Arrested In Marion County, Oregon

Two men wanted in connection with a mass shooting that killed seven people in Alabama were taken into custody in Oregon on Sunday.

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Woman Drowns While Swimming in Clackamas River

A 62-year-old woman drowned in the Clackamas River Friday, Clackamas County officials report. 

Burgerville Reverses Decision to Ban 'Black Lives Matter' Buttons

Following backlash from the Burgerville Workers Union, the Vancouver-based fast-food chain will now allow employees to wear buttons and clothing that support the Black Lives Matter movement and racial equality — so long as they’re produced and approved by the company itself.

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Protests Enter Third Week As Demonstrators Challenge Police Brutality, Racism

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Saturday as Portland entered its third week of protests, while a crowd of hundreds gathered in Salem near the Capitol.  

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From TikTok To '80s Rock: Teens Walk Us Through What They’re Listening To

Two Oregon teens talk about discovering new bands, shaping their own musical taste, and how the pandemic has or hasn't changed their listening habits. 

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Jeremy Christian’s Sentencing For TriMet Killings Postponed

The sentencing of Jeremy Christian has been postponed again, according to the Multnomah Circuit Court.

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Protests, Day Care, Travel, Sports: Guidelines For The COVID-19 Era

As state and local policies start to shift in terms of what’s legally allowed during the pandemic, public health experts weigh in on what to consider when we interact with others.

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FAQ: What To Expect For Phase 2 Of Oregon’s Reopening Plan

About two-thirds of Oregon counties will further loosen COVID-19 restrictions over the next few days, as vast parts of the state move forward with Phase 2 of Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan.

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Some Oregon Counties Could Enter Reopening Phase 2 As Soon As Friday

State officials have said the first 31 Oregon counties to move into Phase 1 are eligible for the next milestone —  Phase 2 — as soon as Friday, June 5. 

Wheeler, Hardesty Acknowledge Curfew Is Ineffective Ahead Of Anticipated Protests

It'll be the fourth night in a row of an official curfew, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday night through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, though both city leaders acknowledge the curfew is not maintaining order.

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As Protests Continue, Civic Leaders Confront Crowds And Oregon’s Racist History

City and civic leaders grappled with how to allow political protest and support communities of color while also preventing vandalism and violence.