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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 | Health | News

Vancouver Opens New Housing For Homeless Youth, Teens Aging Out Of Foster Care

The 28-unit rent-subsidized building is a first for the Vancouver Housing Authority. It caters to young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who are aging out of foster care or experiencing homelessness.

local | Politics | News

Vancouver City Council Visits Potential Development Sites For $30M Tax Package

Vancouver city councilors got a different perspective on an expansive investment plan Monday night. Instead of a typical workshop at City Hall, councilors boarded a bus in downtown Vancouver and took their meeting on the road.

Election | local | Politics | News

Southwest Washington Primary Election Results Roll In

Initial returns for Washington’s primary election Tuesday night narrowed races for city, county, and local school board positions in southwest Washington.

local | Health | Business | News

NW Kaiser Permanente Workers Picket As Possible Strike Looms

The unions that represent 4,500 Kaiser Permanente employees in Oregon and Washington could strike. 

Flora and Fauna | Education | News | local | NW Life | Science

Corpse Flower Unleashes Big Stink In Vancouver

Thousands of people endured the hourlong wait Tuesday to get up close and personal with Titan VanCoug, an 18-year-old corpse flower in bloom for the first time.

NW Life | local | Environment | Education | News

Rare Corpse Flower To Unleash Stench In Southwest Washington

The stinky flower is expected to bloom in the coming days, emitting a remarkable odor — but only briefly. 

Nation | local | Politics | News

Democrat Carolyn Long Seeks Rematch Against Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

Democrat Carolyn Long announced Monday she’s waging a second challenge against Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler for southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

local | Health | Recreation | News

Clark County Votes To Lift Cannabis Ban

By a 3-2 vote, the Clark County Council lifted its moratorium on recreational marijuana, paving the way for cannabis production and sales in unincorporated areas, including Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and Felida.

local | Politics | Business | News

Clark County May Soon Lift Ban On Recreational Cannabis Sales

Clark County banned recreational cannabis sales in unincorporated parts of the county in 2014. The County Council, however, is on the verge of overturning that ban.

News | Transportation | local | Energy | Business | Environment

Port Of Vancouver Says No To New Fossil Fuel Projects

Port of Vancouver commissioners passed a significant energy policy shift that shuts the door on any future bulk fossil fuel terminals. 

Pacific Ocean | local | Sustainability | News | Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Business | Animals | Environment | Water

Willapa Bay Oyster Farmers Struggle As Shrimp Population Booms

The booming population of a native species of Northwest shrimp threatens the oyster beds of Washington's Willapa Bay and a coastal way of life.

local | Environment | News

Port Of Kalama: Methanol Refinery Can’t Export For Fuel

Port of Kalama commissioners unanimously passed a lease amendment with a controversial methanol facility Wednesday night that prohibits the company from exporting its product for fuel.

Nation | local | Politics | News

Southwest Washington Rep. Herrera Beutler Gives Birth To 3rd Child

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., gave birth to her third child Tuesday, a baby girl named Isana Mae Beutler.

local | News

New Counts Show Major Homeless Population Spike In Southwest Washington

Annual homeless census results for Clark County released Friday suggest that homeless populations in southwest Washington grew considerably over the last year.

Sports | local | Education | News

Despite Criticism, Vancouver Students Vote To Keep Chieftain Mascot

A school in southwest Washington will remain the Chieftans. Students at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington, voted 79% in favor of keeping the Native American mascot.

local | Health | News

New Washington Law Limits Exemptions For Measles Vaccine

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday to limit exemptions to the measles vaccine. He signed it during a visit to Vancouver, the epicenter of an outbreak that sickened 71 people this year.

local | Environment | Politics | Energy | News

In Surprise Reversal, Inslee Opposes Washington Natural Gas Projects

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has changed his stance on two controversial natural gas plants, saying he now opposes the projects.

local | News

Judge Sets $1 Million Bail For Vancouver, Washington, Cold Case Suspect

Wearing shackles and a green suicide prevention smock, Richard Knapp made his first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday.

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Vancouver Police Make Arrest In 25-Year-Old Cold Case

Vancouver police turned to the same kind of DNA technology and genealogy databases that caught the Golden State Killer last year to arrest Richard Knapp for the alleged murder of Audrey Hoellein in 1994.

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New Washington Law Aims To Eliminate State's Untested Rape Kit Backlog

Currently, there are more than 10,000 untested sexual assault kits in Washington, according to the Washington State Patrol.