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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

Fish & Wildlife | News | Animals | NW Life

Oregon Moves To Ban Trapping Of The Rare Humboldt Marten

In a 4-3 vote, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to ban the trapping of the rare Humboldt Marten, a rare weasel-like creature, west of Interstate 5.

local | News

Student Activists Prepare To Hold A Global Climate Strike Friday In Portland

Youth activists from all over the globe are planning a global climate strike Friday to call on world leaders to take action against climate change and to stop the burning of fossil fuels.

Environment | local | Water | News | Nation

Trump Administration Finalizes Plan To Repeal Obama-era Water Protections

The Trump administration repealed the Waters of the United States rule Thursday in a two-step process that will now re-define which bodies of water will get federal protections.

Recreation | local | Water | Land use | Nation | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Land

Hunting And Fishing To Expand On 77 National Wildlife Refuges

In an effort to increase recreational access on public lands, the Trump administration is expanding new hunting and fishing opportunities on more than 1.4 million acres nationwide.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Science

Biologists To Begin Tracking, Studying Pronghorn Antelope In Oregon

Oregon biologists are capturing 155 pronghorn antelope in southeastern Oregon this month. GPS transmitters will help them identify migration patterns and winter range.

Environment | local | News | Water | Climate change

Research Suggests Climate Change Is Reducing Snowfall In The Pacific Northwest

New research from Portland State adds to the evidence that for the Northwest, climate change means less snow and more rain in the winter meaning the less water resources during the summer.

Environment | local | News | Energy

Oregon Ethanol Facility A Step Closer To Shipping Oil Along Columbia River

A lower Columbia River ethanol facility in Clatskanie, Oregon, is a step closer to winning approval to use its renewable fuel equipment in a crude oil shipment operation.

Environment | local | News | Energy

Study: Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery Won't Increase Global Emissions

A new report released by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County says a proposed methanol refinery will not increase greenhouse emissions but local environmentalists do not agree.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News | Animals

Public Can Comment On Killing Sea Lions In The Columbia River

A request was filed in June for federal authorization to kill salmon-eating sea lions in the Columbia River. It is now open for public comment for the next 60 days.

Transportation | News | Energy | local | Technology | Climate change | Environment

Hood River Set To Test Out A First-Of-Its-Kind Electric Car-Sharing Project

Car-sharing programs, especially those involving electric vehicles, tend to be big-city operations. But Hood River, Oregon, is getting in on the action via a project launching in Spring 2020.

Animals | News | local | Sustainability | NW Life | Environment

Portland's Unique 'Cat Partnership' Has Started A Movement Nationwide

Cat and bird advocates have found enough common ground to co-host an annual ‘Catio Tour’ of outdoor enclosures for house cats, which happens each September in the Portland area.

News | local | Nation | Climate change | Environment | Politics

Climate Change Activists Push On With Lawsuit Claiming Constitutional 'Right To Wilderness'

Groups are moving ahead with their legal case that claims a constitutional right to wilderness. A Portland judge rejected its arguments last month, but the group is appealing.

Communities | News | local | Land use | Business | History

Confederated Tribes Of Grand Ronde Purchase Former Paper Mill In Willamette Falls

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde finalized their purchase of the former Blue Heron paper mill site at Willamette Falls on Wednesday.

Environment | local | Technology | News | Water

Retrofitting Options Emerge For An Oregon Dam At Risk Of Earthquake Failure

The primary water source for Oregon’s second-most populous county is held back by a dam that’s especially vulnerable to earthquakes. Now, officials are pushing retrofitting options.

Environment | local | Food | News

PDX To Offer Reusable Plates And Utensils To Help Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Portland International Airport’s new green policy will help reduce single-use plastic products by offering travelers different dining options.

Environment | local | News | Animals

Oregon Zoo Helps Northern Leopard Frogs Return To The Wilds Of The Pacific Northwest

A pilot recovery program at the Oregon Zoo will be releasing hundreds of imperiled northern leopard frogs back into the wild.

local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Science

Steelhead Return To Beaver Creek After Century-Long Absence

Steelhead have returned to Beaver Creek in Eastern Oregon near La Grande after much effort and investment by local, state and federal agencies. 

Environment | local | News | Communities | Recreation

Northwest Portland’s Urban Forestland Expands By 22 Acres

The publicly accessible forestland on Portland’s west side is expanding by 22 acres, thanks to the transfer of land to the Portland Audubon Society’s nature sanctuary, which abuts Forest Park.