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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 | Health

Oregon Man, 104, May Be World's Oldest Survivor Of Coronavirus

With just over 25 days since his first symptoms and 19 days since he had a fever, Lapschies is believed to be the world’s oldest coronavirus survivor.

News | local | Health

Multnomah County Set To Open 3d Social-Distancing Homeless Shelter

The three social-distancing shelters don’t expand the county’s capacity and are only intended to increase the physical space between existing residents.

Election | News | local | Politics

Safe Gun Storage Initiative Petition Unlikely To Make Oregon Ballot

Attempts to pass a safe firearm storage law in Oregon are once again faltering, this time because of the coronavirus.

News | local | Health

Oregon Seniors, Families Adjust As Care Facility Access Remains Limited

Long-term care facilities house people who are some of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Seniors are adjusting to a reality of highly restricted contact with the outside world.

Business | News | local | Health

Americans Stock Up On Guns Amidst Pandemic Fears

As people across the country stock up on supplies to prepare for weeks of social distancing, Americans are crowding into gun stores, with firearms on their shopping list next to toilet paper and canned goods.

News | local | NW Life | Health

Multnomah County Closes Libraries To Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

Multnomah County announced today that all county libraries will be closed until further notice to help stop the spread of the coronavirus

News | Nation | local | Politics

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration Rules For 3D-Printed Guns

A federal judge in Washington state issued a temporary injunction blocking Trump administration rule changes that could allow people to share plans for 3-D printed firearms in person, by mail or email.

News | Nation | local | Health

US Firearm Suicide Rate Hits Record High, According To Latest CDC Numbers

The United States passed an ominous milestone in 2018. According to data released in January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record 24,432 people died by firearm suicide in 2018.

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Extreme Risk Protection Order Recipient Says Oregon's Process Lacks Mental Health Expertise

In December, OPB published a story looking at how Oregon’s two-year-old extreme risk protection order law was being used. We told the story of a mother who asked a judge to take her son’s guns away. Her son initially didn't want to be interviewed, but after the story aired, he says the ERPO did more harm than good. 

News | Nation | local | Politics | Health

Oregon, Washington Attorneys General Again Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading a coalition of 21 states, including Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., in a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration over newly announced arms export rules.

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Friends, Experts Say Lack Of Mental Health Care Made Portland 2017 MAX Stabbings More Likely

Jeremy Christian’s time in prison may have worsened his mental health issues, leaving family and experts to question whether two deaths aboard a MAX train in 2017 were preventable.

News | Politics | local | Education | Health

Portland Activists Launch Campaign To Stop Shootings

A group of Portland activists have launched a campaign to break a cycle of shootings which have alarmed police and members of the community. 

News | local

Gresham Police Bring On Newest Staffer: A Comfort Dog

A 2-year-old black lab was sworn in as a comfort dog with the Gresham Police Department in December. 

News | local | Health

Portland Police Bureau Responds To Recent Shootings

The Portland Police Bureau says Portlanders have reported an average of one shooting a day in 2019. But a string of shootings in the last few weeks of the year has the bureau allocating more resources in the hopes of preventing retaliation.

News | local | Health

2 Years In, Oregon's Red Flag Law Paints A Picture Of Crisis

Oregonians have petitioned for 166 extreme risk protection orders in the nearly two years since the law took effect. Documents in those cases paint a picture of people in crisis. 

News | local | Politics

Oregon Faith Leaders Announce Initiative Petition To Regulate Some Firearms

A group of Oregon faith leaders, filed an initiative petition with the Secretary of State on Monday hoping to get new gun laws on the November ballot.

News | local

Man Was A Known Threat To His Wife In Months Before Murder At Hazel Dell School

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about the Nov. 26 shooting at the Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Hazel Dell, Washington, that left two people dead.

News | Nation | local | Politics | Health

DOJ Announces Nationwide Initiative To Reduce Gun Violence

The Department of Justice announced Project Guardian on Wednesday, a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing gun violence through more prosecutions of gun crimes.

News | local | Politics

Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys Continue Violence Even As Legal Consequences Mount

Even as law enforcement changes to address political violence fueled by fringe groups, it’s not clear they alone can quell the regular clashes.

News | local | Transportation

Annual Portland Leaf Day Pickup Runs Through Dec. 20

PBOT's annual leaf clean up began Nov. 7 and will run through Dec. 20, covering a few neighborhoods every day.