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Jonathan Levinson


Jonathan Levinson is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He’s the Audion Fellow covering Guns & America.

Previously, Jonathan covered Mexico as a freelancer. His radio work has appeared on NPR and the CBC. His photography has been featured in ESPN, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News.

Jonathan spent five years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

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Recent Articles

News | local | Politics | Nation

In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws

Many sheriffs in Washington and Colorado are saying they won’t enforce new gun laws. But some Oregon sheriffs already tried that and realized it doesn’t work.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Governor Plans To Announce June 7 As Gun Violence Awareness Day

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will sign a proclamation June 7, declaring it gun violence awareness day.

News | local | Politics

Sen. Wyden Marks Memorial Day In Southern Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden spent the holiday weekend in Southern Oregon meeting with constituents and holding town hall meetings.

News | local | Politics

Students Urge Action After Oregon Legislators Nix Gun Bill

A group of students from the gun safety group March For Our Lives were in Salem on Thursday to meet with Oregon lawmakers and their staff over a recently nixed piece of firearm legislation. 

Education | local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Hold Out Hope For Gun Control Legislation

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown sacrificed a package of gun control legislation and a bill tightening vaccination requirements in order to pass an education funding bill this week.

News | local | Nation

The Masculine Ideal Is Killing American Men

Society’s masculine ideal — a financially successful warrior who spends Sundays fixing the leaky faucet — is neither idyllic nor attainable. But failing to meet those standards can result in harmful behavior: toxic masculinity.

News | local

Portland Police Release New Data On Gun Violence Reduction Team

The Portland Police Bureau released data this week touting the Gun Violence Reduction Team's success after a city commissioner suggested cutting its funding.

News | local | Communities

Misplaced And Displaced: Rebuilding Community Through Restorative Justice

Community organizers say restorative justice is one way to rebuild the North Portland community after gentrification and work toward safer neighborhoods.

News | local | Politics

Washington Lawmakers Approve Protections For People Who Sell Back Bump Stocks

The Washington state Legislature passed a bill late Sunday night restricting the release of personal information of people who participated in the state’s buyback program for bump stocks. 

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'Boyfriend Loophole' Enforcement Bill Passes The Oregon House

The Oregon House passed legislation Tuesday that would create a statewide process for jurisdictions to comply with the so-called “boyfriend loophole” fix.

News | local | Health

LGBTQ Veterans Face Compounding Mental Health Challenges

Veterans have much higher rates of suicide than the general population. So does the LGBTQ community. But the problem compounds where those communities intersect: LGBTQ veterans.

News | local | Politics

'OPB Politics Now:' Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State

Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Raft Of New Gun Laws

The Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony Tuesday morning for an omnibus bill combining several proposed gun laws.

News | local | Politics

Taking A Life When It's Life Or Death

Self-defense is the No. 1 reason Americans buy firearms. But very few people know how they’ll respond if they actually have to use their gun. Taking a life, even if it’s justified, can have a long-lasting emotional impact.

News | local | Politics

'What If They Want You Dead?' Leftists Bear Arms In Self-Defense

With the threat of right-wing violence on the rise, some activists on the left are taking a page out of the 1960s civil rights movement: armed self-defense. 

News | local | Politics

Proposed Alternative To NRA's 'Murder Insurance' Has Early Support

A proposed alternative to the NRA's Carry Guard insurance has earned support on both sides of the gun debate. 

News | local | Politics

Locked And Unloaded: Safe Gun Storage Laws Could Come To Oregon

Oregon, like many states, doesn’t require gun owners to lock up their weapons when not in use. But that could change during the upcoming legislative session.

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Dick's Sporting Goods Settles Lawsuit Over Gun Sale Age Restrictions

Tyler Watson, 20, settled his age discrimination lawsuit against Dicks Sporting Goods. In February, the retailer changed its firearms policy, raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21.

News | local | Politics | Election

Voters In Washington Just Approved Some Of The Nation’s Strictest Gun Laws

The only statewide gun legislation on the ballot this Election Day was approved by 60 percent of Washington voters. Initiative 1639 will tighten laws on semi-automatic rifles in the state.

News | local | Politics | Election

Sanctuary Cities For Gun Rights? Oregon Militias Try New Political Tactic

Gun rights groups are pursuing a new strategy in 10 Oregon counties that takes a cue from an unlikely source: progressive policymakers.