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Rebecca Ellis


Rebecca Ellis is a general assignment reporter with OPB.

Before arriving in Portland, she was a Kroc Fellow at NPR, filing stories for the National Desk in Washington D.C. and reporting from Salt Lake City. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies. She has spent past summers as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender’s office in the Bronx, and a reporter for a local weekly in Queens. Most recently, she interned with the Miami Herald, filing general assignment stories and learning to scuba dive.

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Mega Dairy Tillamook Accused Of Misleading Marketing Campaigns

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the mega-dairy Monday, accusing the association of tricking consumers into thinking their products are sourced from small, local dairies within Tillamook County.   

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Saturday Rally Leads To 13 Arrests, Majority For Disorderly Conduct

Two people were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. One was charged with attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Another was charged with disorderly conduct.

local | Water | Environment | News

Boil Water Notice Lifted For Warm Springs After 3 Month-Long Crisis

The boil water notice for the Warm Springs Water Treatment plant was lifted Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Confederated Tribes.

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Former Diversity Admin Sues Oregon Corrections After Ouster

The former administrator of the Oregon Department of Corrections' diversity office says the department ousted him for his efforts to handle discrimination complaints and improve tribal relations.

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TriMet Starts Shutting Down Its Mobile Ticketing App

Starting this week, the small percentage of riders who rely on TriMet’s mobile ticket app will be blocked from buying tickets on the platform. Old tickets purchased in the app can be used until the end of the year. 

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ACLU Files Complaint Against ICE, Demand $100,000 For Man Detained Outside Courthouse In 2017

In the complaint filed Monday, attorneys with the ACLU alleged the officers behaved in an “aggressive, demanding demeanor” refusing to identify themselves as ICE and showing the couple a mugshot that “did not resemble Mr. Andrade Tafolla, except that he, like Mr. Andrade Tafolla, had brown skin.” 

Health | local | Environment | News

60,000 Gallons Of Wastewater Flow Into Willamette River After 'Unusual' Rainfall

Officials are warning the public to stay away from the water downstream of Linnton until Monday evening.

local | Transportation | News

Clackamas County Considering New Bridge For Pedestrians, Cyclists

Currently, those in the area who want to cross the Willamette River by foot or by bike have to make a five-mile trek. The nearest junctions are Portland’s Sellwood Bridge to the north and Oregon City’s “Arch” Bridge to the south.   

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Push To Regulate Psychedelic Mushroom Inches Closer To Oregon's 2020 Ballot

An effort to legalize the active ingredient of psychedelic mushrooms, psilocybin, is one step closer to getting on Oregon's ballot for the 2020 election.

local | Land | Environment | News

Tribes Of Warm Springs Accuse North Oregon Ranch Of Causing 2017 Wildfire

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs say the ranchers’ “inattentive” operation of the harvester – along with a faulty machine design – caused sparks to jump from the equipment, causing the wildfire. 

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Report Asks Oregon Governor To Declare Incarceration A Public Health Issue

The survey released Wednesday by the Oregon Justice Resource Center found women battling mental and physical illnesses at each stage of their criminal case.

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Oregon Couple Detained in Malaysia Set To Come Home Tuesday

The families found out on Monday that Malaysian immigration officials had agreed to deport the two young travelers back to the United States.

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Sen. Ron Wyden Calls For Emergency Session After Mass Shootings

After a weekend of bloodshed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Sen. Wyden said he believes a vote on background checks is “urgent business.”

local | Transportation | Communities | News

Major MAX Disruptions And Service Changes Start Sunday

During the project, riders can expect two weeks of delays and service changes. TriMet’s recommending riders budget an extra 30-45 minutes into their commute.    

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Pioneer Square Reopens After Alleged Bomb Threat At Nearby Bank

Police officers reopened Pioneer Courthouse Square after taking a woman into custody for allegedly making a bomb threat inside a Chase Bank nearby.

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Multnomah County Judge Karin Immergut Confirmed To Federal Bench

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Multnomah County Judge Karin Immergut to a vacant federal court seat in Oregon. 

local | Politics | Health | News | Nation | Food

Oregon Agency Estimates 35K Families Would Lose Food Stamps Under Federal Proposal

If the rule is passed, it would immediately push anyone in Oregon earning between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level — a range of about $33,500 to $47,600 for a family of four — off the assistance program.  

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Group Pushing For Major League Baseball In Oregon Promise State's Only Unionized Sports Arena

The president of the Oregon AFL-CIO, Tom Chamberlain called the scope of the agreement between the federation of unions and the Portland Diamond Project “groundbreaking,” with the potential to touch anywhere from 1,500-2,500 new jobs. 

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Members Of Oregon Delegation Tour Portland Shelters For Unaccompanied Migrants

They said the shelters were a far cry from the cold, cramped detention centers that have generated a national outcry over the past year.

Business | Nation | local | Food | News

Little Big Burger Workers Vote Down Union Bid

Of the 109 employees eligible to vote, 29 voted in favor of unionizing, while another 41 voted against the move. Twelve of the ballots were challenged.