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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

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Why Washington's Clark County Is Interested In Wapato Jail

Washington’s Clark County is looking across state lines as it considers solutions for its aging and overcrowded jail. One possibility: leasing Portland’s Wapato Jail.

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Clark County Council Gets Earful From Both Sides On Fireworks Debate

Residents in southwest Washington's Clark County sounded off on a proposal to limit fireworks. Restrictions could include fewer days to sell fireworks and a possible ban on large aerials.

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One Year After Abrupt Firing, Clark County Hires New County Manager

After being without a permanent leader for more than a year, Clark County has selected a new county manager. The Clark County council unanimously picked Shawn Henessee as the county’s next leader.

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How Vancouver Is Helping Study The Hawaii Eruption

Thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean separate Vancouver, Washington from the volcanic eruption in Hawaii. But a group of local scientists are playing a big role.

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With Gladstone Vote, Burgerville Workers Unionize A Second Store

Workers at a second Burgerville store have successfully won a vote to unionize

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Chinook Tribe Has Its Day In Court, But Still Faces Long Road To Recognition

The federal hearing could be a pivotal moment in the tribe’s ongoing efforts to win federal recognition.

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Clark County Considers New Fireworks Regulations

Southwest Washington’s Clark County is reviewing its fireworks policy ahead of the Fourth of July. And while an outright ban is unlikely, other options are still on the table.

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Layoffs Begin For 300 Paper Mill Workers In Camas

Employees at the Georgia-Pacific mill have known about the layoffs since November when the company announced it was closing most of its production at the 134-year-old facility.

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Burgerville Sets Election Dates For 2nd Union Vote At Gladstone Store

Workers at the Gladstone, Oregon, location will decide in May if they will be the second restaurant of the local fast food chain to unionize.

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In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

Workers at a Southeast Portland Burgerville overwhelmingly approved a vote Monday to unionize. Organizers say that makes them one of the only federally recognized unions in the fast food industry.

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Burgerville Workers Give Company 48 Hours To Recognize Union

Employees at Burgerville are pressuring the fast food company to formally recognize their union.

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Hood River Teen Joins Thousands For March In Washington, DC

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the “March For Our Lives” rally in Washington D.C. The crowd included one student who traveled all the way from Hood River, Oregon.

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Repeat Hate Incidents At Clark College Prompt Community Forum

A recent slew of incidents involving hate speech and racial slurs prompted a town hall meeting at a Vancouver community college.

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'We Won't Stand For Inaction': Student Walkouts Mark Florida Shooting

Students in the Northwest joined those across the country in a walkout marking the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Port Of Vancouver Votes To End Oil Terminal Lease Immediately

The long-proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal project officially died Tuesday. Vancouver, Washington, port commissioners made it official by unanimously voting to cancel the lease.

Recreation | Technology | Land use | Business | News | local | NW Life

Climbers Face Another Frustrating Setback On Mount St. Helens Website

For the second time this month, things did not go as planned for Mount St. Helens permit buyers. 

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After System Crash, Mount St. Helens Reopens Climbing Permits Site

It’s been nearly a month since a barrage of hikers overwhelmed the Mount St. Helens permit system. But starting Monday, those hoping to nab a coveted climbing permit will get a second chance.

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Additional PNW Governments Vote To Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Government officials in Portland and Clark County, Washington, voted Wednesday to file lawsuits against the nation’s opioid manufacturers.

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How A Grassroots Effort In Vancouver Fought Big Oil — And Won

Opposition to fossil fuel ventures is common on the West Coast, but what sets Vancouver apart is the community’s ability to keep up the pressure for years.

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From 56 Applicants To 1: Vancouver City Council Fills Open Seat

Vancouver has a new city council member. Late Monday night, the council voted 4-2 to appoint Laurie Lebowsky to the vacant seat.