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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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Recent Articles

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Portland Anti-Fascist Activist Killed In Hit And Run Outside Cider Riot

Portland Police say a prominent anti-fascist activist was killed early Saturday outside Cider Riot, a Northeast Portland club and a popular gathering spot for left-wing protesters. 

Climate change | local | News | Environment

Portland Parks Bureau Determined To Bring More Green To City's East Side

This fall, the Portland Parks Bureau will try to make the city a little more verdant by handing out free yard trees and hosting a tree-planting event in honor of Arbor Day.

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Owner Of Never-Used Wapato Jail Says Time Has Come To Demolish Facility

The frustrated owner of North Portland’s never-used Wapato Jail has announced he will bulldoze the facility in the coming months — unless someone comes up with a plan. 

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OSP Investigating Incident That Resulted In Highway Chase, Deadly Force

Oregon State Police said a shooting suspect  who ditched their car near milepost 35 and fled on foot subsequently died after law enforcement used deadly force.

News | Education | local

Authorities Asking For Help Locating UP Freshman Missing Since Sunday

Owen Klinger, 18, has been missing since Sunday evening and was last seen on the University of Portland campus.

Business | Entertainment | NW Life | Music | News | local

Ontario Police Department Says Snoop Dogg Concert Placed Community In Jeopardy

Steven Romero, the city’s police chief, estimates anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000 people flocked to a barren lot in Ontario Saturday to catch a performance by Snoop Dogg to mark the opening of a cannabis shop.

Sports | Recreation | News | local

'We Got Totally Screwed': Top Runners Say They Didn't Get Fair Shake At Portland Marathon

Ultimately, somewhere between 15 and 20 of Sunday’s fastest runners took a wrong turn near the entrance to the Ross Island Bridge, as they followed one another more than a mile off course onto Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

Health | Sports | Recreation | News | local

22-Year-Old Claims Victory At Portland Marathon

It took Kallin Khan, a Chicago native, just over two hours, 25 minutes to finish the course, which took runners through the city’s four quadrants. A second place winner would not be announced for another 20 minutes. 

NW Life | Sports | Recreation | News | local

Portland Marathon Expected To Draw More Than 5,000, Shut Down Roads Across City Sunday

All streets comprising the 26.2-mile route will be off-limits to cars until the last runner has passed — the race should wrap up by 1:45 p.m.

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1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Shooting At Vancouver Apartment

One person died and at least another two were injured in shooting at a senior living facility in downtown Vancouver, Washington, Thursday.

Business | News | local

Portland Auditors Find Lack Of Oversight Fueling Excessive Police Overtime

The audit found officers cumulatively worked more than 240,000 extra hours in 2018. In one extreme case, a patrol officer worked 97 hours over seven days — more than double a regular workweek. 

Health | local | News | Environment

What To Know Before Multnomah County's Wood Smoke Restrictions Take Effect Tuesday

The county’s seasonal wood smoke restrictions take effect Tuesday, barring homes and businesses from burning wood on the worst air quality days of the year for the next six months.

Politics | local | News | Environment

Portland's New Plastics Policy Is Almost Here. Here's What You Should Know

The city’s new plastics policy officially takes effect Oct 1. Food and drink purveyors could face up to a $500 fine for automatically providing customers with plastic straws, stirrers, utensils, or plastic-packaged condiments like soy sauce or coffee creamer.

Health | Nation | News | local

Oregon Officials Recommend 6-Month Ban After 2nd Vaping-Related Death

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked for legal advice from the Department of Justice on possible legal remedies, possibly including a temporary ban on all vaping products.

Politics | News | local

Allowing Immigration Officials In Training Facility Violated City's Sanctuary Status, PPB Says

Since last December, the city has contracted with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, allowing officers from two branches of the agency to share the nearly 10-acre training center.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Where Oregon's Congressional Delegation Stands On Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Most of Oregon’s delegation stood behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday as she launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  

Politics | local | News | Environment

Hardesty Accuses Police Of Targeting 2 Youth Of Color At Portland Climate Strike

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty lodged a sharp critique of the police response to last week’s climate demonstrations, questioning why officers had targeted two black protesters from a crowd of student activists.  

Water | Health | local | News | Environment

Portland Water Bureau Warns Earthquake Could Leave City With Major Shortages

The Portland Water Bureau analyzed more than 2,200 miles of pipe snaking through the system. The results show between 1,500 and 3,000 pipe breaks could occur in the case of a major earthquake.

Politics | Health | News | local

Portland Report Highlights Need For New Response To Homeless Emergency Calls

Portland City Council is in agreement: The city needs a new way to respond to emergency calls involving people who are experiencing homelessness.

Politics | News | Technology | local

Portland Considers Banning Use Of Facial Recognition Software In Private Sector

Though the idea is in its nascent stage, a ban would set a new national precedent, making Portland the first major city to limit the use of the software by the private sector.