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Monica Samayoa


Monica Samayoa is a reporter with OPB’s Science & Environment unit.

Before OPB, Monica was an on-call general assignment reporter at KQED in San Francisco. She also helped produce The California Report and KQED Newsroom. In 2017 she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, where she attended University of Technology Sydney to finish her degree. There, she was able to get her first taste in radio while producing and hosting for 2SER, Sydney Educational Radio.

Monica holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.

In her free time, Monica likes to spend time with her family and friends and travel the world. So far she has traveled to 17 countries.

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Recent Articles

Health | local | Politics | Agriculture | Environment | News

Oregon Lawmakers Take On Phasing Out A Controversial Pesticide, Again

During the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s chlorpyrifos workgroup meeting, news of bill to phase out use of the pesticide sparked questions about whether the group should continue.

Communities | local | News

Oregon Task Force To Tackle The Use Of Controversial Pesticide

After federal and state lawmakers failed to ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos, Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has its own advisory committee to consider the options.

Health | Environment | Air | Science | local | News

Oregon DEQ Data Shows Pollution From Woodstoves Is On A Wildfire’s Scale

New data from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows woodstoves and chimneys emit particulate pollution at levels similar to a wildfire.

Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | local | Flora and Fauna | Animals | Science | Environment | Pacific Ocean | News

Study: Marine Heatwave Likely The Cause Of Massive Die-off Of North Coast Seabirds

Researchers say a marine heatwave, known as the Blob, may have caused 1 million West Coast seabirds to die during the summer of 2015 and spring of 2016.

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

Oregon's US Senators Join Call To Reject LNG-By-Rail Rules

Both of Oregon’s U.S. senators expressed concern on Tuesday over the Trump administration’s proposed rule to transport liquefied natural gas by rail lines.

local | Environment | News

Oregon DEQ Issues Its Largest Air Quality Fine To Aluminum Recycler

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Norway-based company Hydro Extrusions a $1.3 million fine for multiple air quality permit violations. It’s the DEQ’s largest air quality penalty ever.

local | Environment | Water | News

EPA’s New Plan To Reduce Willamette Basin Mercury Pollution Sets High Bar

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new plan will reduce mercury pollution in the Willamette Basin and incorporates much of the state Department of Environmental Quality's plan.

Business | local | Climate change | Environment | News

Stores Around The State Begin To Prepare For Oregon’s Plastic Bag Ban

Oregon’s statewide restriction on single-use plastic shopping bags ban will take effect with the new year. Some stores around the state have already begun preparing for the change.  

local | Environment | News

Oregon Agency Rejects Petition For Wakesurfing Closure On Willamette

The Department of State Lands has rejected a petition requesting the immediate restriction of large wake surfing boats in a section of the Willamette River.

local | News | Environment | Air

Nearly 2 Dozen Oregon Groups Seek New Pollution Rules On Toxic Diesel Emissions

A coalition of 21 organizations is petitioning Oregon policymakers to consider establishing a cap on toxic diesel emissions from non-road sources.

Energy | local | Sustainability | Environment | News

Oregon DOE Shares ‘Green Choices’ To Reduce Holiday Energy Consumption

The Oregon Department of Energy along with Energy Trust of Oregon share green tips to help consumers reduce their energy consumption during the holidays.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Politics | Flora and Fauna | Animals | Environment | News

Trump Administration Determines No Federal Protections Needed For Oregon’s Red Tree Vole

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has concluded the North Oregon Coast red tree vole did not warrant protections under the Endangered Species Act.

local | Climate change | Politics | Environment | News

Portland Leaders Announce New Climate Action Proposals

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and other leaders announced new climate policy commitments that will help the city reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet their net-zero target by 2050.

Environment | Land | Education | local | Forestry | News

Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Does Not Affect Elliott State Forest Plan

The Oregon Department of Justice told the State Land Board Tuesday a recent state Supreme Court decision will not affect a proposal to repurpose the Elliott State Forest for research.

Communities | local | News | Environment | Air

Oregon Department Of Environmental Quality Develops New Low Cost Air Quality Monitor

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality developed a new low cost sensor saving them thousands of dollars and allowing them to nearly double the amount of air quality monitors next year.

local | Climate change | News | Environment | Education

Student Activists Hold Another Youth Climate Strike In Downtown Portland

Youth activists led a climate strike rally in downtown Portland, demanding action from city leaders and recognition of the impacts facing Pacific Islanders.

local | Environment | News

Youth Activists In Portland, Other NW Cities, Plan To Join National Climate Strike

Student activists from around the nation will walk out of class and take part in another youth climate strike to call on global leaders to take action against climate change.

local | News | Environment | Air

Wood-Burning Advisory In Place For Much Of Oregon, SW Washington

An air quality advisory has been issued in Northwest and Central Oregon and Southwest Washington due to stagnate air conditions trapping woodsmoke in the air. 

local | Environment | Water | News

EPA Rejects Plan To Reduce Mercury Pollution In The Willamette Basin

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's plan to reduce mercury in the Willamette Basin for not meeting the Clean Water Act and EPA Standards.

local | Environment | News

Federal Agencies Will Increase Columbia River's Flows To Help Chum Salmon

Federal agencies will be increasing the Columbia River flows below Bonneville Dam to help spawning chum salmon.