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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Owen Klinger, 18, has been missing since Sunday evening and was last seen on the University of Portland campus.
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.
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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.
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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.
One person died and at least another two were injured in shooting at a senior living facility in downtown Vancouver, Washington, Thursday.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Most of Oregon’s delegation stood behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday as she launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
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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
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.
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
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.