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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This week we discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.
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.
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.
He becomes the highest-profile candidate in a crowded GOP field.
The Oregon Senate Republican who complained Democrats created a hostile workplace in the state Legislature has withdrawn his complaints.
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.
The for-profit business that housed the majority of Oregon’s foster youth in other states is looking to open up shop in Oregon.
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The governors from Oregon and Washington joined forces in Vancouver on Monday to show a unified commitment to replacing the Interstate 5 bridge.
Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year.
A Republican in the Oregon Senate lodged a handful of formal complaints against his Democratic colleagues for creating a hostile workplace.
Misha Isaak's appointment had received intense scrutiny after allegations he improperly pressured a state official.
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.
On this week's show, we look at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's continuing fundraising and explain why she's still collecting donations.
It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed.
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.
An Oregon Republican state senator who made threatening comments about state police and another lawmaker is suing the Senate president and legislative officials.