Reporter And Producer
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.
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.
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.
Metro Councilor Juan Carlos González says the racist language coming from the White House is harming people of color across the country, including him.
A man is suing the Portland Police Bureau after he said officers ignored his report on a possible hate crime.
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.
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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.
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.
A bill to grant undocumented individuals the right to an Oregon driver’s license is on its way to the state Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Multnomah County judge sentenced Russell Courtier to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Larnell Bruce Jr.
A Multnomah County jury has convicted Russell Courtier of murder in the 2016 killing of Larnell Bruce Jr.
The prosecution and the defense showed video of Russell Courtier and Larnell Bruce Jr. at a standoff in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Gresham. Their accounts of what the video actually shows differed.
Oregon has welcomed refugees for decades. But the Trump administration has slashed admission rates and budgets for refugees. However, three Oregon agencies are pushing the state to help.