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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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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.

Politics | local | News

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.

Energy | Politics | Environment | News | local

Cantwell, Seafood Industry Say 'No' To Northwest Offshore Drilling Plan

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, wants coastal waters off Oregon and Washington removed from a federal draft plan for offshore oil and gas drilling.

NW Life | Environment | News | local

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Rejects Vancouver Oil Terminal

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has rejected a permit to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver. 

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Annual One-Stop Fair Offers Resources To Vancouver's Neediest

Project Homeless Connect is an annual resource fair for people experiencing homelessness. The latest such event drew hundreds of people seeking everything from free legal advice to a haircut.

Politics | local | News

56 People Hope To Be Vancouver's Next City Councilor

Fifty-six people think they have what it takes to be the next Vancouver city councilor. On Wednesday, city officials released the names of the applicants who are vying for the open seat.

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Big Waves, Flooding Batter Oregon And Washington Coasts

A coastal flood warning is in effect along the entire Pacific coast for Oregon and Washington. 

local | Education | News

Growing Vancouver Sets Sights On New Elementary School

Vancouver Public Schools announced plans Tuesday to open a new elementary school in the heart of downtown.

Energy | Politics | Environment | News | Climate change | local

Vancouver Port Votes To End Oil Terminal Lease In March

The Port of Vancouver’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put a March 31 end date on a lease with Vancouver Energy.

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Vancouver Closer To Homeless Day Center Despite Opposition

The relocation of a controversial homeless day center in Vancouver is one step closer to approval.

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What We Know: Amtrak Safety Culture In Question After Crash

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about why the Amtrak 501 train hit a 30 mile per hour curve at nearly 80 miles per hour. But here’s a snapshot of what we do know.

local | News | Transportation

Witness, Survivor Describe Scene Of Chaos As Train Derailed

When Monday’s inaugural trip of the Amtrak Cascades train along its new route crashed south of Tacoma, the lives of hundreds of people were thrown into chaos.

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How Life-Saving PTC Technology Works — And Why It Didn't Stop Amtrak Crash

Positive Train Control is a technology meant to override possible human error that can lead to train derailments. But Congress has delayed its implementation. 

Business | local | Nation | Economy | NW Life | News | Transportation

5 Key Things To Know About The Fatal Amtrak Derailment

The Amtrak Cascades train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, during Monday’s morning commute was meant to be the celebration of a new route between Seattle and Portland. It turned into tragedy, as investigators say the train was going 50 mph over the posted speed limit. 

Business | Economy | local | News

No Longer A Mill Town, Camas Holds On To Its Blue-Collar Past

An industry that once defined the town of Camas, Washington, is coming to an end. Last month, Georgia-Pacific announced it will close most of its production at the 134-year-old paper mill.

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Clark County Council Revisits Ban On Cannabis Shops

Despite being legal in Oregon and Washington, cannabis businesses in unincorporated Clark County are banned. On Wednesday, Clark County Council took the first step toward revisiting the issue.

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4th Fire At North Bethany Development Adds To Arson Suspicion

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in North Bethany early Monday. It's the fourth fire to hit the housing development this year.

local | Education | News

A Push For Black History Month In All Clark County Public Schools

Local residents are pressing public schools in southwest Washington’s Clark County to observe Black History Month this February.

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Clark College Students, Faculty Call White Pride Posters 'Unacceptable'

A series of flyers posted around Clark College proclaiming “It’s OK To Be White” and “Make Your Ancestors Proud” prompted two town hall meetings this week.

Nation | local | News

'It's OK To Be White' Posters Reappear At Vancouver's Clark College

Posters reading “It’s OK to be white” have repeatedly appeared at a community college campus in Vancouver, Washington. Clark College is holding a series of town halls this week to address the incidents.