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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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Recent Articles

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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.

History | Communities | Education | News | local

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.

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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 | News | Food

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.

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Oregon Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Hate Crime Killing

A Multnomah County judge sentenced Russell Courtier to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Larnell Bruce Jr.

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Jury Convicts Man Of Murder, Hate Crime For Killing Black Teen In Gresham

A Multnomah County jury has convicted Russell Courtier of murder in the 2016 killing of Larnell Bruce Jr.

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Closing Arguments Paint Different Pictures Of Gresham 7-Eleven Encounter

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.

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As Feds Crack Down, Refugee Resettlement Agencies Ask Oregon For Help

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.