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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An audit of the child welfare system shows how Oregon could do a better job supporting families in order to limit the number of children being placed into state care.
Oregon has now removed all of the foster youth it sent to for-profit facilities in other states.
The legislative session that convenes Wednesday will look like none other in Oregon's history.
Oregon legislators are going back to work next week for the first time since the pandemic began and protests against police brutality became two of the biggest issues of our time.
Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Legislature back into special session on June 24 to focus on passing tougher police accountability laws and address some of the issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic Oregon state lawmakers unveiled a proposal on Monday to consider the release of about 1,975 inmates.
One year ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty clashed over funding for the police bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team. Today, they agree on slashing its budget.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to release medically vulnerable inmates as the number of incarcerated individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus climbs to more than 160.
On this week’s "OPB Politics Now," we discuss the police accountability push that’s spurring quick action in Salem and what challenges lie ahead.
Police accountability has been an issue in the Oregon Legislature for many years, but change has been incremental.
As the state faces a global pandemic, economic devastation and renewed outrage over racial injustice, two of its top elected officials have spent recent days second-guessing each other’s leadership choices, and lobbing accusations at one another through successive press conferences.
Two of the most critical elements to getting through the coronavirus pandemic — social distancing and widespread testing for the virus — are sorely lacking inside Oregon's prisons.
U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams has called for Gov. Kate Brown to deploy the National Guard to assist the police as local demonstrations over the death of George Floyd head toward a fourth night.
After a wild primary, two Oregon legislators will face off for the state's second-highest office — and the only statewide office currently held by a Republican.
Shemia Fagan will run against Kim Thatcher to become Oregon's next secretary of state, after Fagan officially claimed the Democratic nomination Friday.
State Sen. Shemia Fagan appears to have won the Democratic primary for secretary of state, Oregon’s second-highest office.
It’s looking like Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler may be forced into a runoff against his leading opponent Sarah Iannarone.
As expected, the COVID-19 crisis slowed ballot counting in Oregon. But we have some big races to break down.
Eighteen candidates vied to replace Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, who died earlier this year.
A lawsuit filed against Health Care at Foster Creek alleges staff misled families and failed to keep people safe.