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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

Politics | News | local

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.

History | News | local | NW Life

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.

Politics | News | local

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.

Nation | News | local | World

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.

NW Life | News | local | Politics

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Urges Revamped Hate Crime Reporting

The attorney general urged lawmakers to broaden reporting requirements for hate crimes and bias incidents. 

Portland School Board Will Reconsider Rosa Parks Schedule Change

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. 

Politics | News | local

Oregon Legislators Want To Reinstate Driving Privileges For Undocumented Immigrants

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.

Education | local | News

Miscommunication Cited In PPS Decision To End Year-Round School Program

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.

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Portland City Council Passes Resolution Denouncing White Supremacist Groups

The Portland City Council passed a resolution Thursday that condemns white supremacists and alt-right hate groups.

NW Life | News | local

No Estamos Locos: Problem Gambling In Oregon’s Latino Community

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.


What Would King Say Today?: A Theme At Skanner 33rd Annual MLK Breakfast

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.

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Oregon AG Hears Stories Of Hate As She Ponders Legal Changes

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is hearing from Oregonians about hate-motivated incidents they've experienced as she ponders changes to hate crime laws.

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DoubleTree Portland Says It's Investigating After Kicking African-American Man Out Of Hotel

The hotel employees involved in the incident have been placed on leave, the hotel said.

Politics | Election | News | local

Organizations Rally People Of Color In Oregon To Get Out The Vote

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.

Education | local | News

Kairos Tries New Approach To Closing The Achievement Gap In Portland

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.

History | Communities | Nation | News | local

Portland Racial Nonprofit Seeks To Heal Communities With Reparations Power Hour

A Portland racial justice nonprofit gathers people of color together to organize.

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In Portland, A Low-Tech Approach To Starting Race Conversations

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.