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.
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.
The attorney general urged lawmakers to broaden reporting requirements for hate crimes and bias incidents.
Members of the Portland Public School Board are reconsidering their decision to end the year-round calendar at Rosa Parks Elementary School after parents complained that the district failed to communicate the end of the program adequately.
A coalition of organizations and Oregon legislators want to eliminate the requirement that a person must give proof they're in the country legally to drive.
School board members voted last May on the decision to revert to a traditional schedule. But parents and teachers at the school said they were never formally informed of the change.
The Portland City Council passed a resolution Thursday that condemns white supremacists and alt-right hate groups.
As legalized gambling grows, so does the impact on vulnerable communities. In Oregon, counselors say the lure of the lottery is hitting Latino agricultural workers and low-income families especially hard.
Hundreds of people, including Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, gathered in Jantzen Beach Monday to celebrate the life and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Skanner Foundation’s 33rd annual MLK breakfast.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is hearing from Oregonians about hate-motivated incidents they've experienced as she ponders changes to hate crime laws.
The hotel employees involved in the incident have been placed on leave, the hotel said.
Dozens of organizations have been going door-to-door canvassing this year to rally voters of color, communities that in the past have felt marginalized in Oregon politics.
Educators at a North Portland charter school are trying a new approach specially designed for students of color. They're succeeding — but they need a permanent home.
Billboards are a traditional form of advertising. But over the last few months, a collection of billboards have been catching folks’ attention — and even making some uncomfortable.