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Molly Solomon


Molly Solomon is a reporter and producer covering Southwest Washington for Oregon Public Broadcasting. 

She was previously a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu where she produced award-winning stories on a variety of topics, including homelessness, native Hawaiian issues and even an active lava flow. Her work has appeared on "Marketplace," NPR’s "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Here and Now" and "Science Friday." 

Molly has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards for her work along with awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and PRNDI. Most recently, a series on the closure of Hawaii’s final sugar plantation won her a 2017 national award from the Asian American Journalists Association.

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Recent Articles

local | News | Health

Life In A Measles Outbreak: Canceled Parties And Doctor's Visits In A Parking Lot

As a public health emergency grows in Southwest Washington, wary residents are adjusting to a new reality that includes doctor's visits in parking lots and canceled birthday parties. 

local | News | Education

Clark College Copes With Racial Equity Fallout

Bob Knight announced his retirement last week as president of Clark College. The change in leadership comes during a time of renewed focus on social equity and inclusion at the campus.

local | News | Education

Amid Racial Equity Struggles, Clark College President Announces Retirement

The college has struggled with racial equity among students and staff during Bob Knight's tenure.

local | News | Politics

Vancouver City Council Picks Erik Paulsen For Open Seat

After six finalist interviews, the Vancouver City Council only needed one nomination to make a decision: Erik Paulsen was the unanimous choice for Vancouver’s next city councilor.

local | News | Nation | Politics

Herrera Beutler Joins Democrats In Vote To Reopen Government

Southwest Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler bucked her party this week, joining the increasing number of Republicans who want to reopen parts of the federal government.

local | News | Education

$11.4M Vancouver Public Schools Deficit Could Mean Cuts To Programs, Staff

One of southwest Washington’s largest school districts says it will have to make significant cuts this year, following salary increases for teachers and support staff.

Environment | local | News | Water | Health

Vancouver Fined $60,000 For 2017 Columbia River Sewage Spills

Washington state officials have fined the city of Vancouver $60,000 after nearly 600,000 gallons of sewage was released into the Columbia River in 2017.

local | News | NW Life

A Vancouver Park Draws Protest Over Proposed 'Lynch' Name

Vancouver residents are debating what to name a new park — and the discussion has raised big questions about race and language.

local | News | Nation

Lawmakers From Oregon And Washington To Discuss Replacing Interstate 5 Bridge

Oregon lawmakers are ready to return to the table and restart discussions with Washington to replace the Interstate 5 bridge.

local | News

Scandal Could Imperil Southwest Washington Youth Treatment Center

Southwest Washington’s only mental health and addiction services facility for youth is at risk of being shut down.

local | Transportation | News

Backers Of Vancouver-Portland Ferry Looking For Financial Support

Backers of proposed ferry are hoping to entice drivers to consider a commute by water. The vision is for passenger ferries to run along the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

local | News

Clark County Report Says FBI Classifies Proud Boys As Extremist Group

The Federal Bureau of Investigation "categorizes the Proud Boys as an extremist group with ties to white nationalism," according to a report by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

local | News

Vancouver's New Homeless Day Center Set To Open Nov. 19

A new day center for the homeless is ready to open in Vancouver. The facility will serve as an access point to gain housing and receive basic services.

local | News | Election | Politics

Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Wins Tough Re-Election Campaign

Voters in southwest Washington are sending U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler back to Washington, D.C. 

local | News | Election | Politics

In Carolyn Long, Jaime Herrera Beutler Faces Her Biggest Challenge Yet

Across the country, 2018 is not a normal election year for Republicans. And in Washington state, Herrera Beutler is facing her first real challenge since she got elected.

local | News | Education

Clark College To Close During Patriot Prayer 2nd Amendment Rally

Clark College will be closed all day Monday in response to a Patriot Prayer rally planned on campus. President Bob Knight made the decision after consulting with the college’s leaders and attorneys.

local | News | Politics

SW Washington Democrat Challenger Carolyn Long Raises $1.75 Million

Congressional challenger Carolyn Long has raised more than $1.75 million since July 1. That’s more than five times the amount of money since her last quarterly report.

local | News | Election | Politics

Poll Shows Herrera Beutler And Long In Virtual Tie In Race For Congress

New poll results claim Democratic challenger Carolyn Long is leading Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler by a two-point margin, 45 to 43 percent.

local | News | Education

In Wake Of Resignations, Clark College Announces Campus Meetings

In a campus-wide email sent Tuesday morning, Clark College President Bob Knight announced a series of campus meetings to address challenges around recruiting and retaining employees of color.

local | News | Education

Longstanding Equity Issues At Clark College Alienate Staff, Students

School records and dozens of interviews with staff and students show a culture at Clark College that alienates people of color, even as top school officials say the campus is becoming more inclusive.