Reporter And Producer
Lauren Dake is a political reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before OPB, Lauren spent nearly a decade working as a print reporter. She’s covered politics and rural issues in Oregon and Washington. She’s spent time in a maximum-security prison in Bogota, Colombia (for a story!) and sat in a sweat lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
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More than a year ago, claims of sexual harassment rocked the Oregon state Capitol. Some believe the culture hasn't improved. But for the past several months, a group has been working to change that.
Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.
Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.
The House seat representing Central Oregon in the statehouse will remain in Republican hands.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has won another four years in office, her first full term as governor since taking over for John Kitzhaber.
OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."
Leading up to the final stretch of the election, Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates worked hard to make their final pitch to a key demographic group: college-educated, white suburban women.
The Independent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, withdrew from the race Tuesday and endorsed incumbent Kate Brown.
Where Gov. Kate Brown and her GOP opponent Rep. Knute Buehler differ is how they suggest paying for the ambitious school reforms they are proposing.
The Oregon Republican Party filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission on Wednesday, asking them to investigate whether Gov. Kate Brown used public funds for campaign purposes.
For years, it was local cities and counties that tackled housing issues. But now, the situation is so severe that for the first time in recent memory, one of the central debates in the gubernatorial race is how to fix the growing housing and homelessness emergency.
Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised more than $20 million combined, and backers of a ballot measure on grocery taxes are spending heavily.
Knute Buehler attempted to make the first gubernatorial debate with Gov. Kate Brown a referendum on her leadership, but the format — fielding questions from high school students — made such a confrontation difficult.
In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans and a year in which many strategists expect a blue wave of progressive wins, the race between Brown and her GOP opponent is considered competitive
Amanda La Bell, the Working Families Party candidate in the hotly-contested race to represent Bend in the Oregon House, is dropping out.
OPB news director Anna Griffin and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart explore the tricky intersection of sports, celebrity and politics on this week’s episode of OPB Politics Now.
The power of celebrity has been proven in national and even statewide politics: Think former actor Ronald Reagan, comedian Al Franken and, more recently, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon. But can a celebrity win local office in Oregon?