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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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Teamsters Union Drops Objection To NORPAC Sale

That means the big condition attached to the $49 million sale of NORPAC's Oregon plants is resolved.

local | News | Food | Business

Cold Storage Company To Buy NORPAC Plants

A federal bankruptcy judge approved the conditional sale of three former NORPAC plants in the Salem area Tuesday, following months of uncertainty.

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Willamette Valley Farmers Wait To See If NORPAC Will Be Sold

A global cold storage company says it will buy parts of NORPAC, one of the region's largest fruit and vegetable processors. 

NW Life | local | Food | Business

Northwest Cider Battles Hard Seltzer For The Beer Case

There's a turf war in your local beer and cider case. Hard seltzer's gaining ground. 

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HP Inc. Checks Next Box For Major Vancouver Development

HP is expanding in Vancouver. The city plans to contribute up to $10 million to help. 

Health | local | Family | News | Business

End In Sight To Portland's Tidee Didee Diaper Dilemma

The end is sight for Portland-area parents who’ve been navigating a month-long cloth diaper dilemma. It all started with a boiler fire at Tidee Didee Diaper Service.

News | local | Economy | Food | Business

New Seasons Market Selling To Good Food Holdings

Good Food Holdings, a subsidiary of a major South Korean retailer, is buying the Portland-based grocery chain. New Seasons CEO Forrest Hoffmaster expects the deal to be finalized in January.

News | Business | Education | Teachers | Economy | Politics | local

Schools Plan, Businesses Worry – An Old Timber Town Prepares For Oregon’s New Tax

Oregon’s new business tax goes into effect Jan. 1. It’s meant to raise $1 billion a year for education. It’s an opportunity for schools, but it’s prompted mixed reactions from businesses. 

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Weekly Container Shipping To Resume At Portland's Terminal 6

Oregon's only international container terminal hasn't had regular service in years. 

local | News | Family

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.

History | News | Business | Economy | Nation | local

Northwest Family Farm Bankruptcies Increase

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

News | Business | Economy | Environment | Politics | local

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.

Politics | local | News | Food | Business

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."

Nation | local | News | Business

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?

News | Business | Technology | Economy | Nation | local

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.

Politics | Nation | News | World | Business

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. 

local | Economy | Food | Business

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.

Politics | Nation | local | News | Business

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.