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Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson is the business reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where she also served as the host of "All Things Considered."

Before moving to Oregon, she was a regular contributor to "Marketplace," a reporter at Michigan Radio and a producer at NPR in Washington, D.C., her hometown.

Kate has a degree in English from Yale University and a master's degree from the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

Her favorite radio project was an early one: a documentary about the experiences of Navajo children who grew up in white Mormon foster families across the West. That project aired on NPR and won the national Edward R. Murrow award for network documentary. More importantly, though, it cemented her love for radio and deep listening.

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Recent Articles

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Zillow Wants To Buy Your Home For Cash (And A Fee) is known as a place to browse homes for sale. Now, if you live in the Portland/Vancouver area, Zillow might buy your house ... for cash. 

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Northwest Grocery Union Edges Another Step Closer To A Strike

UFCW Local 555 notified Fred Meyer it's canceling a contract that covers about 2,300 workers. That opens the door to further actions, including a possible strike.

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Target Refuses To Raise Prices Over Tariffs, Putting Pressure On Suppliers

“Our expectation is that you will develop the appropriate contingency plans so that we don’t have to pass price increases along to our guests,” a Target executive told suppliers this week. 

Business | Economy | local | Food

Is A Grocery Strike Possible? Workers Cast Final Votes

Grocery workers finish voting Saturday on whether to authorize a strike against Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Safeway and other stores.

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Oregon Senators Push Bill To Shield Small Businesses From Sales Tax Rules

U.S. senators from Oregon and New Hampshire are trying to wall off small businesses from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upended state sales tax rules. 

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Amazon Announces 800 Jobs In Salem

The 800 jobs will be at a new 1-million-square-foot facility in Salem, with pay starting at the Amazon standard of $15 per hour.

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Amazon's Portland Facility Turns Down Safety Sirens After Worker Concerns

After OPB reported on employee concerns about the alarms’ volume, the megaphones went silent. But workers still want a safety system, as vans come and go from the Northwest Portland warehouse. 

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Amazon Workers Describe Heat And Noise At Portland Warehouse

Workers say the Amazon delivery station in Northwest Portland is hot and loud. Amazon says that comes with the territory.

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Major Settlement Reached For Aequitas Investors

If approved, the almost $235 million settlement would mark a victory for Aequitas investors.

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What Washington Can't Tax, Oregon Might

A business owner in Southwest Washington thought he'd found a way to avoid charging Oregonians sales tax. Will Oregon tax him instead?

Business | Economy | local | NW Life | News

Oregonians, Get Ready To Pay Sales Tax In Washington

Gone are the days of showing Oregon ID and skipping sales tax in Washington. Starting July 1, Oregon shoppers must save their receipts instead.

Health | Politics | local | News

How The ER Shaped Commissioner Sharon Meieran's Mental Health Policies

Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran's job as an ER doctor helped shape her policy views on mental health. 

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More Tariffs, More Problems: Trade War With China Hits Oregon Business

A manufacturer of large-scale shredding machines in Wilsonville, Oregon, says they might not be able to sell their products in China after the latest round of tariff increases.

Science | History | local | News

Oregon Cold Case Identified After Nearly 50 Years

A combination of DNA technology and genealogy helped identify one of Oregon's oldest cold case victims. 

Health | local | News

Amid Measles Outbreak, Pediatrician Tries Gentle Approach To Vaccination

What's the best way to convince parents to vaccinate their kids? One doctor recommends a gentler approach. 

Politics | Economy | News

Oregon Sees Huge Jump In Federal Workers Seeking Unemployment

More than 2,700 federal employees have filed for unemployment benefits in Oregon — a five-fold increase over this time last year. 

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Federal Shutdown Fallout: Angry Employees And A Fuzzy Mount St. Helens

The man who runs the Mount St. Helens webcam is out on furlough. He's worried about money, and embarrassed at how the shutdown is impacting his work.

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Oregon Man Becomes 1st Person To Cross Antarctica Unaided

Colin O’Brady just became the first person to cross the continent of Antarctica alone and without wind assistance. 

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9th Circuit To Rehear Case Challenging Deportations For Minors

In an unusual move, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is rehearing a case Monday that could guarantee minors facing deportation access to attorneys in immigration court.

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Can Genome Sequencing Help Northwest Orcas Recover?

Could genome sequencing help save a declining population of  Pacific Northwest orcas?