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Kate Davidson


Kate Davidson is OPB’s business and economics reporter. She was previously OPB’s "All Things Considered" host.

Kate has deep experience reporting and producing for public media. Before moving to Oregon, she was a regular contributor to "Marketplace", a reporter at Michigan Radio focused on economic change in the industrial Midwest and a producer at NPR.

She has master’s degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. She won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her NPR documentary, "Saints and Indians", which told the stories of Navajo children sent to live with white Mormon foster families across the West.

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Recent Articles

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Oregon Wants To Reunite Veterans With Their Missing Medals

The Oregon Department of State Lands is the guardian of $600 million in unclaimed property, including 18 military medals.

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Northwest Family Farm Bankruptcies Increase

Family farm bankruptcy filings are up across the country. They're growing fastest in the Northwest.

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The Roots Of An Oregon Farm Bankruptcy

President Trump made it easier for family farmers to seek bankruptcy protection. This Oregon farm needed relief from his trade wars.

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Northwest Grocery Workers Union Approves Contract With Supermarkets

Grocery workers have approved a contract with some of the region’s biggest supermarkets after months of contentious negotiations, a short-lived boycott against Fred Meyer, and the threat of a strike.

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Salt & Straw Ends Business With Provenance Hotels

After seven years of selling ice cream to Provenance Hotels, Salt & Straw "determined it is best to go in a different direction."

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Shoppers React To Fred Meyer Boycott

A Northwest grocery union wants shoppers to boycott Fred Meyer stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Will they heed the call?

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Zillow Wants To Buy Your Home For Cash (And A Fee)

Zillow.com 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. 

Economy | local | Business | 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?

Economy | NW Life | local | Business | 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 | local | Politics | 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 | local | History | 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.