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Senior Digital Producer

Laurie Isola

Laurie Isola is a senior digital producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before joining OPB, Laurie worked as a web producer at, a travel writer for Rough Guides, an editor at Via magazine and a desk editor and reporter at a regional news wire in the San Francisco Bay Area. To mix things up, she co-owned and operated Germany’s first tacowagen in Berlin.
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, where she studied everything from the American transcendentalists to metal working.

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Recent Articles

local | Parents | Family | Food | NW Life

Setting The Table For 8,000

What's it take to feed 8,000-plus people in a day? In Verboort, Oregon, it takes community — and 30,000 pounds of meat. Here's how the sausage (and sauerkraut and applesauce) gets made for its annual fundraiser.

News | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire Now The Nation's Top Firefighting Priority

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge grew minimally Wednesday evening due to winds; however, by Thursday morning, firefighters brought the containment level to 5 percent, fire officials said.  

local | News | NW Life | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Portland Eclipse-Chasers Share Tips For 1st-Timers

From Bolivia to Zimbabwe, Portland couple Larry and Paulette Filz have traveled the world to see 10 total eclipses. Here they share tips for making the most of the Aug. 21 total eclipse. 

local | Politics | News | NW Life

3 Things To Watch As Protests Continue In Portland

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Portland on Friday night. On Saturday, the city prepares for thousands more. 

local | News | Politics

6 People Arrested During J20 Protests In Downtown Portland

Police deployed pepper spray against some protesters Friday night in downtown Portland as the group attempted to move across police lines and cross the Burnside Bridge.

local | Family | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Thanksgiving Tips, Memories From Oregon Purveyors Of Food And Drink

What makes Thanksgiving special for food and drink purveyors around Oregon? Nostalgia, tradition and gravy.

local | Nation | News | Politics

Portland Mayor Calls For End To Anti-Trump Protests; Shooting Suspects Charged

Police say a motorist exited his vehicle and fired multiple shots, injuring a man following a confrontation with protesters on the bridge.

Portland Businesses, Residents Clean Up After Thursday's Protest

The cleanup efforts mounted after Thursday night’s protests in Portland have erased some — but not all — of the damage left behind by vandals.

local | Nation | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Court Agrees To Dismiss Juror No. 11 In Malheur Trial

He’s a former Bureau of Land Management employee who told other jurors “I am very biased” during their deliberations. 

local | Nation | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Defense Rests Its Case In Malheur Trial

The defense rested its case Monday afternoon in the trial of seven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The prosecution followed with a relatively short rebuttal case. Jury instructions begin Tuesday.

local | Nation | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Prosecutor Cross-Examines Ammon Bundy For 15 Minutes

A federal prosecutor spent little more than 15 minutes cross-examining Ammon Bundy, who has spent the last three days testifying in his defense.

local | Nation | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Defense Zipping Through Witness List In Oregon Standoff Trial

Toward the end of Wednesday's session, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown observed the defense was quickly moving through its witness list.

local | News | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Ammon Bundy Had $8K In Cash On Him At Time Of Arrest

The leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation had more than $8,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest, according to testimony heard Tuesday.

History | local | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life

Darcelle Crowned World's 'Oldest Drag Queen Performer' By Guinness

Guinness World Records awarded the City of Roses’ grand dame — who operates Darcelle XV, the longest-running drag revue west of the Mississippi — the designation this week.

NW Life | Cooking

Bubbie Ida's Matzo Ball Soup For Passover

Portland resident Laurie Fendel helps us celebrate the start of Passover with her Bubbie Ida's recipe for matzo ball soup.

Arts | Discovering Beverly Cleary

5 Things To Know About Beverly Cleary

We know Ramona. We know Ralph and Beezus, too. But what about the woman who brought those characters to life? Here are five facts about author Beverly Cleary.

Arts | Discovering Beverly Cleary

Quiz: Do You Know Beverly Cleary's Books?

Test your Beverly Cleary knowledge in this quiz focusing on some of the Newbery Medal–winning author's best-known works.