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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The Oregon child welfare system is in crisis. But now there's some optimism that a shift in mentality — and resources — could help alleviate some of the state’s troubles. Tennessee offers hope.
The Oregon Legislature will pay more than $1.1 million in damages to eight women who were sexually harassed at the state Capitol as part of a settlement agreement with the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney is taking a medical leave of absence from the Legislature at a time when he’s under increasing scrutiny for how he handled claims of sexual harassment.
The chair of the Oregon Democratic Party urged members of the Oregon state Senate on Monday to “take whatever steps are necessary” to show they are committed to eradicating harassment at the state Capitol.
The Oregon House voted 35-25 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a reason. The law takes effect as soon as the governor signs it.
The former interns filed a civil lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday saying they were subject to sexual harassment while working for Kruse. Their suit claims legislative leaders failed to protect them.
There is an effort underway in Salem to change Oregon's legal voting age from 18 to 16 years old.
Oregon Child Welfare officials are knowingly sending foster care youth to out-of-state facilities where investigators have reported allegations of abuse.
The Oregon Senate voted 17-11 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control. The bill, which goes to the House next, also makes no-cause evictions harder.
An Oregon state senator blamed the death of a black man choked by police officers in New York City on high tobacco taxes Thursday in an effort to convince his fellow lawmakers not to increase cigarette taxes.
Sexual harassment, and how to prevent it in the future, has been a hot topic in Salem over the past year and a half. But at a recent harassment training, the trainer joked about "snitches (getting) stitches" and left staffers feeling offended and disheartened.
Oregon doesn't have enough placements for foster care children. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable across state lines. And the number has jumped in recent years.
Oregon appears poised to pass first-in-the-nation, statewide rent control legislation.
When state Sen. Lew Frederick heard the story of racist slurs being yelled at a high school basketball girls team from Portland recently, he wasn’t surprised.
Gov. Kate Brown, who was part of the state’s most expensive governor’s race, told lawmakers on Wednesday that it’s time to curb the amount of political money spent in the state.
The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature kicks off Jan. 22. With Gov. Kate Brown's re-election and new supermajorities in both chambers, Democrats will bring an ambitious agenda to the Capitol.
For the first time in her tenure, Gov. Kate Brown has a full four-year term stretching ahead of her — and the State of the State address she gave Monday reflected an ambitious agenda from raising billions to stabilize the state’s public schools to curbing carbon emissions.