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Lauren Dake


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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Recent Articles

News | Politics | local

Danielle Outlaw Is Out As Portland Police Chief

The Oregonian first reported her departure, saying that she informed Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday. 

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Fight Over Freeway Expansion

This week we discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.

News | Election | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now:' The Race To Replace Rep. Greg Walden

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, got even more interesting this week as former gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler jumped in. 

News | Health | local | Nation

Out Of State, Out Of Mind

When the state of Oregon takes a child from their home, child welfare officials assume responsibility for their health and happiness and for ensuring each youngster receives the care and treatment needed to succeed. But emails, case files and interviews show that for children in foster care who were sent across state lines, Oregon largely trusted  a private, for-profit company to ensure they were safe. The result is a litany of disturbing outcomes; tales of abuse, neglect and vulnerable children left to fend for themselves.

News | local | Nation

Oregon’s Broken Foster Care System: What We Found

OPB's investigation found the state placed a remarkable level of trust in a private, for-profit company to care for Oregon's most vulnerable children. The result: A litany of disturbing stories.

News | Politics | local

Knute Buehler Runs To Succeed Greg Walden In Congress

He becomes the highest-profile candidate in a crowded GOP field. 

News | Politics | local

Oregon Republican Drops Complaint Against Democrats For Creating Hostile Workplace

The Oregon Senate Republican who complained Democrats created a hostile workplace in the state Legislature has withdrawn his complaints.

News | Politics | local

Oregon Foster Child Who Says He Saw State Workers Having Sex Sues

The child in Oregon’s foster care system says he was forced to stay in a hotel room where two state workers had sex in front of him. Then he went to an out-of-state facility where he claims abuse and neglect.

News | Politics | local

Out-Of-State Business That Housed NW Foster Youth Wants To Open In Oregon

The for-profit business that housed the majority of Oregon’s foster youth in other states is looking to open up shop in Oregon.

News | Transportation | local

Oregon and Washington Governors Revive Interstate 5 Replacement Talks

The governors from Oregon and Washington joined forces in Vancouver on Monday to show a unified commitment to replacing the Interstate 5 bridge.

Water | News | Business | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now:' The Rising Cost Of Pristine Water

The Portland region is headed for big fights over how it gets its water.

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now:' Rep. Greg Walden Calls It Quits, Washington Affirmative Action Debate

Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year.

News | Politics | local

Oregon Republican Accuses Democrats Of Creating Hostile Work Environment

A Republican in the Oregon Senate lodged a handful of formal complaints against his Democratic colleagues for creating a hostile workplace.

News | Politics | local

Gov. Kate Brown's Top Attorney Rejects Controversial Judicial Appointment

Misha Isaak's appointment had received intense scrutiny after allegations he improperly pressured a state official.

News | Politics | local

Oregon Public Records Council Pushes For Independence

Oregon’s first-ever public records advocate on Friday urged her role be made explicitly independent from the governor’s office, following allegations it had been the target of influence. 

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': Kate Brown Keeps Raising Cash, But Why?

On this week's show, we look at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's continuing fundraising and explain why she's still collecting donations. 

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': Fallout From The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session

It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed. 

News | Politics | local | Nation

'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon's Gun Control Debate

Major gun legislation failed in Salem during the 2019 legislative session. Yet, the recent horrific mass shootings have once again prompted the gun control debate to take center stage.

News | Family | Politics | local

Advocacy Groups Fire Back After Oregon Officials Move To Dismiss Federal Foster Care Lawsuit

Advocacy groups who filed a class-action lawsuit against Oregon’s Department of Human Services say the state can't be relied upon to fix the problems plaguing the system on its own.

News | Politics | local

Oregon Senator Who Threatened State Police Sues Legislative Leaders

An Oregon Republican state senator who made threatening comments about state police and another lawmaker is suing the Senate president and legislative officials.