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Erica Morrison


Erica Morrison joined the OPB reporting team in December 2017. She is part of the national “Sharing America” collaborative and covers race, identity and the changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the team she was a producer for NPR & WBUR’s Here & Now and freelanced at a number of now defunct NPR newsmagazines at the network’s headquarters. Erica began her journalism career as a print journalist but transitioned to public radio after the reality of the collapsing industry got to be too much. She is a proud graduate of “The Mecca” Howard University and a native of the DMV. Don’t talk to her about bad weather unless you’ve lived somewhere like Boston winter 2015.

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Oregon Refugee Agencies Supported By Federal Judge's Ban Of Trump Order

Refugee support agencies in Oregon can breathe more easily after a federal judge in Maryland blocked President Trump’s executive order requiring state and local leaders to “opt into” resettlement, on Wednesday.

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OHSU Investigation Into Noose Found On Campus Is Inconclusive

An investigation into a noose found at Oregon Health and Sciences University in November has been closed. No one was found responsible for the placement of the racist symbol. 

NW Life | local | Politics | Arts | News

Creator And Activist Luann Tan Reflects On Life In Portland And Deciding To Leave

Back in 2017, OPB spoke with the activist and creator Luann Tan about the complexities and challenges of being a Filipino-American woman in the very white state of Oregon. Now she's leaving. 

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WSU Vancouver Recognizes Black And Brown People In Transgender Day Of Remembrance

For 20 years, November 20th has been set aside as a day to honor people who are transgender and have died as a result of bigotry and violence. This was the first year WSUV commemorated the day. 

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Beaverton Makeup Company Creates Products For All Hues

Makeup entrepreneur Paula Hayes got into makeup because she loved science and needed something that wouldn't irritate her own skin.

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Oregon Lawmaker's Daughter Talks About Being Racially Profiled By Mall Cop

The 17-year-old daughter of Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, says she was racially profiled by mall cop at Clackamas Town Center last week. 

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Oregon Legislator Wants Loitering At Clackamas Town Center To Test For Racial Profiling

An Oregon state representative wants constituents to "loiter in" at Clackamas Town Center to see if people of color are treated differently by mall security.

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Oregon Politicians Of Color Say They’re Hearing More Racist Rhetoric With Trump In Office

Metro Councilor Juan Carlos González says the racist language coming from the White House is harming people of color across the country, including him. 

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Portland Man Sues After Police Allegedly Refuse To Take Hate Crime Report

A man is suing the Portland Police Bureau after he said officers ignored his report on a possible hate crime. 

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Oregon Advocates Hopeful After SCOTUS Blocks Census Citizenship Question

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, Oregon advocates hope immigrant communities will be more likely to participate.

local | Communities | News | Education | History

North Clackamas School District Breaks Ground On High School Named After Black Oregon Justice

North Clackamas School officials broke ground Wednesday for the district’s newest high school — the end of a contentious and historic process. Adrienne C. Nelson High School is named for the associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

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Where Will Portland's Alder Street Food Carts Go? City Looks To The North Park Blocks.

With the Ritz-Carlton hotel poised to arrive in Portland, city officials are scrambling to try to relocate the Alder Street food cart pod to the North Park Blocks.

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With Alberta Commons, Portland Sees A Chance To Do Redevelopment Right

After years of debate and controversy, a unique corner comes to life in Northeast Portland. 

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Oregon House OKs Bill Giving Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Individuals

A bill to grant undocumented individuals the right to an Oregon driver’s license is on its way to the state Senate.

Family | local | News

Portland Police Open Investigation In Death Of Black Transgender Woman

According to the Portland Police Bureau, Otis "TeTe" Michael Gulley Jr. was found hanging in a tree in Rocky Butte Park near a homeless campsite. Gulley, 31, was a black transgender woman who was homeless.

NW Life | local | Politics | News

Hate Crime Victims, Family Members Pressure Oregon Legislators For Change

After weeks of sitting idle awaiting a vote from the Ways and Means Committee, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s hate crime bill is back in motion in the Oregon House.

local | Food | News

Marginalized Groups Team Up To Build Momentum – And Money — In Portland

Taste is an equity-focused event that highlights the food and wine industry and its diversity while raising money for groups that serve people of color and other marginalized communities. 

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Oregon Legislator On The Power, Frustration Of Being The Only Black House Member

Rep. Janelle Bynum, the only black member of Oregon's House, feels a special responsibility to express her life experiences, but she also wants every lawmaker working to make the state more equitable.

NW Life | local | History | News

Vanport Commemoration Combats 'Collective Amnesia' Around Historic Flood

On May 30, 1948 the city of Vanport flooded, killing 15 people and leaving more than 18,000 homeless. Now Vanport Mosaic is hosting a two week festival to commemorate the 71st anniversary.

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Skipping The Ballot, Lawmakers Work To Give Undocumented Oregonians Driver's Licenses

Oregon legislators have traditionally been wary about overriding the will of voters. But lawmakers may upend that custom this year on the controversial topic of immigration.