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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

News | local | Politics

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish Says Stomach Cancer Has Become 'More Complicated'

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.”

News | local | Politics | Election

Portland Mayoral Candidate Sarah Iannarone Challenges Ted Wheeler To Debate

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.

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Investigation Underway After Fatal Police Shooting In SE Portland

Officers approached the man and soon after fired multiple shots, according to the latest release from the bureau. The man, identified as Koben Henriksen, died at the scene.

News | local | Politics | Nation

Child Advocacy Group Asks To Include All Oregon Foster Children In Class Action Suit

In order for a judge to grant the motion, the group must prove the problems plaguing the state’s Department of Human Services are systemic, and not limited to any one plaintiff.

News | local | Politics | Election

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Running For Another Term

The commissioner stopped by OPB’s Think Out Loud Thursday to discuss the sweeping changes she has planned for the city’s neighborhood associations and community groups.

News | local | Business

Portland Tourists Will Now Help Pay For Homeless Services

For over a year, regional leaders have been hammering out an agreement to take some of the money flowing in from local taxes on rental cars and hotels and redirect it toward homeless services.

News | local | Technology | Environment | Energy

Portland City Government To Transition Away From Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Portland’s government is getting rid of its stock of roughly 300 gasoline-powered leaf blowers, which city leaders say are a menace to both the environment and the eardrums of the operators. 

News | local | Environment | Politics | Transportation

Portland Adopts Sweeping Changes To Rules Regarding Bike Parking

City Council has approved changes to Portland’s zoning code that will require developers of larger buildings — as well as those making major renovations — to carve out space for bicycles.

News | local | Health

Report: 34% Of Multnomah County Families Don't Earn Enough To Meet Basic Needs

A new report requested by the county found that while the area’s economic boom has benefited the already wealthy, wages have stagnated for low and middle-class households.

News | local | Family

Despite HUD Visit, Wapato Jail's Future Still Unclear

The fate of North Portland’s never-used Wapato Jail remains up in the air after owner Jordan Schnitzer’s latest round of tours Monday afternoon. One thing’s confirmed, though: The facility will not be turning into a HUD-sponsored homeless shelter anytime soon.  

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Portland Approves $51 Million Design Contract For Controversial Water Filtration Plant

Portland city leaders reluctantly approved a $51 million design contract for a controversial water filtration plant Wednesday, a significant next step for a project where estimated costs have ballooned to nearly $1 billion.

News | local | Politics | Health | Nation

Preliminary Injunction Issued Against Trump's Health Care Mandate For Immigrants

A federal judge in Oregon has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against a Trump administration rule that would have required immigrants to show proof of health insurance before obtaining a visa.

News | local | Politics | Recreation

Portland Wants To Rescue Its Park System. Where Will The Money Come From?

Portland’s Commissioners made it clear they have no intention of letting the city’s treasured park system fall apart on their watch. But how exactly they will right the ship of the deficit-plagued bureau remains to be seen.

News | local | Environment | Transportation

Potentially Historic Storm Expected To Hit Southern Oregon

Potentially historic wind and snow are expected in Oregon starting Tuesday, which could make travel in the lead-up to Thanksgiving near-impossible. 

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Oregon Supreme Court Bans Police Officers From Asking Random Questions During Traffic Stops

The ruling instructs officers to stick to questions “reasonably related” to the reason the driver was pulled over, effectively ending law enforcement’s ability to turn a routine traffic stop into a fishing expedition for a more serious offense.  

News | local | Health

Portland Officials Zero In On New Program For 911 Calls Involving People Experiencing Homelessness

City commissioners accepted recommendations on the new program, which aims to provide a more compassionate response to people in crisis as well as free up emergency responders for life-threatening calls.

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Portland City Council Poses Questions To Water Bureau In Run Up To Water Filtration Plant Vote

Wednesday’s meeting at Portland City Hal gave commissioners a chance to get answers from Water Bureau staff on a project where estimated costs have swelled from $500 million to over $850 million.  

News | local | Politics | Nation | Business

Protesters Urge Gordon Sondland To 'Tell The Truth' In Impeachment Testimony

Chants urging the U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to tell the truth at his upcoming hearing in front of House investigators rang out over a two block stretch of downtown Portland Tuesday evening.

News | local | Business

All-Day Rates Go Up At Portland's SmartPark Garages

Garages had been charging a daily rate ranging from $14 to $18. All those rates will go up by $2.   

News | local | Politics | Business

Portland Poised To Settle, Pay $350,000 In Attorneys' Fees For URM Signs Lawsuit

This Wednesday, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to pay attorneys’ fees for a coalition of masonry building owners who filed suit against the city.