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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

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Oregon Approves Permit Adding Renewable Diesel To Columbia River Transloading Facility

Global Partners, an ethanol transloading facility, has received final approval from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to transload renewable diesel in Clatskanie.

News | Environment | NW Life | local

Environmental Nonprofit Pivots To Series Of Smaller Cleanup Events This Summer

Oregon environmental nonprofit SOLVE plans to hold a series of summer cleanup events throughout the state after postponing several events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oregon DEQ Asks Drivers To Put Off Visits As It Reopens

Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality will reopen its the last two vehicle inspection stations in the week ahead. But don't rush in for a visit yet.

News | Science | Health | local

Black Lives Matter Demonstrations Are Not A Big Factor In Oregon's COVID-19 Spike

The Oregon Health Authority says anti-racism demonstrations and protests against police brutality are not significant contributors to the rise in COVID-19 cases around the state.

News | Water | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Portland, Port Join Settlement With Monsanto Over PCBs Contamination

The City of Portland, along with the Port of Portland, join over 2,500 government entities in a multi-million-dollar proposed class action settlement with Monsanto.

local | News | Education | Recreation | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife

Racism In The Great Outdoors: Oregon's Natural Spaces Feel Off Limits To Black People

Not everyone has the same access to the Northwest's green spaces. Many Black people felt excluded and unwelcome from a hike in the forests, well before closures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

News | Environment | Economy | local

As Oregon State Parks Slowly Reopen, Layoffs Are Inevitable

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will eliminate 47 positions by June 30 due to the economic challenges of COVID-19.

News | Politics | Health | local

Protests Force Leaders To Weigh Coronavirus Spread Against The Right To Political Expression

As thousands take to the streets to demand justice, Oregon leaders are expressing concern that such mass gatherings could hasten the spread of the coronavirus.

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Several Oregon State Park Campgrounds Return With Limited Services

Some Oregon State Parks campgrounds begin reopening Friday with over two dozen more reopening in two weeks.

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Trump Administration Pushes Expanded Hunting, Fishing In Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule to expand millions of acres of fishing and hunting in 97 national wildlife refuges and nine national fish hatcheries.

local | News | Recreation | Land use | Environment | Health

Most PNW National Forests Begin Restoring Access To Recreational Areas

Some U.S. National Forests will begin restoring access to developed recreation sites as early as Friday, May 22.

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Camping Is Back For Oregon State Parks, But Not For Another 2 Weeks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will begin to accept reservations for limited overnight camping at most state parks starting June 9.

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Several Central Coast Oregon State Parks (And Beaches) Have Reopened

More than 100 Oregon state parks have now reopened, including several central coast areas with beach access.

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

Trump Administration Rejects Endangered Species Protection For Rare Mammal In Oregon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved limited Endangered Species Act protections to the Pacific fisher, but not in Oregon, where it says voluntary measures by the timber industry will prevent extinction.

local | Land | News | Recreation | Environment | Health

More Oregon State Parks Continue To Reopen On A Day-By-Day Basis

One of the most popular state parks in Central Oregon will be reopening as the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department continues to slowly reopen more state parks on a daily basis.

local | News | Recreation | Entertainment | Environment | Forestry | NW Life

COVID-19 Causes Limited Entry System Delay In Central Cascades

The plan to ration and limit the entry into one of Oregon’s most popular backcountry destinations is being delayed for a year due to COVID-19.

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A Manageable 1st Day For Oregon Parks Could Give Way To A Warm, Busy Weekend

As Oregon begins easing restrictions to state parks, warmer weather could test their ability to accommodate throngs of visitors while still enforcing social-distancing rules.

News | Recreation | Environment | local

Some Oregon State Parks Reopen For Limited Day Use Starting Tuesday

Some Oregon recreational areas and state parks will reopen for limited day use, as the state slowly eases restrictions to curb spread of the coronavirus.

News | Food | Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | Health

Oregon Reopens Salmon Fishing On Columbia River For 4 Days

Oregon will reopen recreational salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River for four days after closing the river in late March to follow the state's stay at home order.

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Oregon Reaches $4.4 Million Settlement With Environmental Nonprofit Ecotrust

The Portland-based environmental nonprofit Ecotrust reached a $4.4 million settlement with the state of Oregon after resolving claims of inflating costs of developmental projects.