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.
A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the city of Portland, restricting how police can interact with journalists and legal observers documenting the nightly protests.
Amid nightly protests demanding fundamental changes to policing in Portland, the city agreed to extend its contract with the police union and maintain the status quo within the bureau for one more year.
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Hours after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly revoked their support from the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter project, a controversial freeway widening project, the council voted to adopt a climate emergency.
Top Portland officials are pushing to place a five-year tax levy on the November 2020 ballot in order to fund the city’s struggling parks system.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a video saying banning tear gas and other crowd control weapons, which lawsuits aim to restrict, makes injuries to protesters "more likely."
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s office has contacted more than a dozen groups and individuals — including civil rights organizations, attorneys and religious leaders — to get their input on a potential fall measure.
Commissioner-elect Carmen Rubio says she’s heard the call to dramatically reimagine public safety loud and clear — and is waiting to hear from Portlanders about what shape this should take.
Community groups have been negotiating with Portland’s development agency to ensure that when it comes to the Broadway Corridor — one of the largest redevelopment projects in city history — the community benefits alongside the developer.
Multnomah County approved its $2.06 billion budget Tuesday, which saw funding for the county’s sheriff's office reduced slightly amid national calls to pull funding from law enforcement.
Portland police leadership says officers can cover their names and badge numbers during protests, potentially creating new issues for protesters who want to identify officers who have mistreated them.
Portland City Council has approved a budget that will cut an additional $15 million from the police bureau’s budget, but falls short of the $50 million cut that community advocates had been pushing for.
At least two Portland-based reporters came out of a weekend of covering protests against police brutality with new injuries.
The Portland police will take down the outer fencing around the Multnomah County Justice Center, which for over a week had served as the demarcation line between protesters and police.
One year ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty clashed over funding for the police bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team. Today, they agree on slashing its budget.
Portland’s anticipated final vote on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year has been kicked to next week after a surprise no-vote by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
Portland City Council sat through an afternoon of emotional testimony Wednesday as hundreds of people asked them to drastically reconsider how Portland funds its police force.
Portland’s budget vote comes amid national outcry over police brutality and calls to make drastic cuts to the budgets of police forces.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as police commissioner, outlined the changes amid nearly two weeks of daily protests in the city and a staff shake-up at the Portland Police Bureau.
Following more than a week of massive demonstrations that have challenged political leaders to address systemic racism, Portland Police Chief Jami Resch announced she is stepping down from the bureau's top role.