General Assignment Reporter
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.
The office’s decision closes the first chapter on a push by Honest Elections, a local campaign finance reform group, to force candidates to cap the individual contributions they receive at $500.
Smith is one of six to notify the city’s election office of plans to run for the position left open by the late Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.
The director of the city’s Open and Accountable Election program, Susan Mottet, said she’ll likely have to lower the match rate if she’s not granted more funding from the city.
Advocates from affordable housing groups are drafting an amendment for Portland City Council to allow six-plexes and eight-plexes, reserved for the city’s poorest residents.
Portland’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a new contract for the cleaning up and clearing out of the city’s homeless campsites.
Assuming the new contract’s approved, Rapid Response is poised to restart cleanups Wednesday afternoon.
In her first public remarks, Portland's new chief of police, Jami Resch, outlined challenges the city's Police Bureau faces, including a series of shootings that over New Year’s Eve and a critical staffing shortage.
Jami Resch’s ascent through the Portland Police Bureau’s top ranks was quick. The decision to make her top cop? Even quicker.
The trial of Jeremy Christian, the man behind a 2017 MAX train attack that left two dead, is set to begin next month. Before it does, prosecutors want to make sure the jury has access to two things.
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Oregon Whale Watch Week has begun as thousands of gray whales make their way down past the West Coast toward the warmer waters of Baja, Mexico.
The world’s smallest park has, once again, lost its only tree. A stump is all that remains in Portland’s 2-foot-wide Mill Ends Park.
Advocates are pressing a crop of political candidates to abide by local campaign finance limits, which were passed by voters last year but quickly faced legal challenges.
Portland City Council is now poised to offer a far bigger $4.5 million contract to Rapid Response Bio Clean, a hazardous waste removal company the city has worked with before.
The audit also found the city failed to issue some of the reports and audits promised that would have kept voters informed about what was happening with the money.
Staff for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s re-election campaign said Monday the team was prepared to start holding mayoral debates for the 2020 primary in the new year.
Koben Henriksen’s parents will hold a funeral for their 51-year-old son Friday. They say the mental health system made it nearly impossible to get their son the help he needed.
Fish posted a health update to his city website Tuesday, saying doctors at Oregon Health & Science University informed him last week that his condition has become “more complicated.”
Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone is heating up the race to be the city’s next leader with a challenge to incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler.