Producer, Think Out Loud
Samantha Matsumoto is a producer for OPB’s daily talk show, “Think Out Loud.”
She previously worked as a breaking news reporter at The Oregonian. Her work has also been featured in Willamette Week and the Austin American-Statesman.
She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 with a degree in journalism.
Samantha is a proud native Oregonian and will gladly provide recommendations for the best restaurants in her hometown of Hillsboro.
A group works with Black and Indigenous farms to provide food for families in need. The pandemic has halted most university-based research projects. Pacific Islanders have the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita.
Masks are now required indoors throughout the state. Lincoln County faced backlash for their mask rule. Deschutes County now has a safe gun storage program. And a Portland teen is working for Black liberation globally.
The legislature starts a special session today. And Portland faith leaders react to protests against police violence.
The Black Male Achievement program has been pushing for changes in Portland's police. The 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year reflects on last week's Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ people in the workplace. And we hear from a journalist who lives near the Seattle autonomous zone.
We look ahead to the Juneteenth celebrations in Oregon, ask what the state's Office of Emergency Management has learned from the pandemic so far and hear analysis and opinions on some big news stories from the week.
Investigative journalism tells a new story about Oregon timber. Racism takes a psychological toll. And we talk about how Astoria is coping with COVID-19.
Portland's Independent Police Review explains their police oversight work. The president of Wilson High School's Black Student Union reflects on this moment. And new rules from the state attempt to make farmworkers less vulnerable to the coronavirus.
The president of Portland's police union joins us. Also, the Oregon Employment Department has a new director. And, will Portland change it's approach to homeless shelters after re-opening?
It's important to talk to children about the protests and what's behind them. Also, what does community oversight of police look like in Portland? And what are your questions about coronavirus and safety?
We discuss some of the biggest news of the week. We talk about what coronavirus has meant for people in Oregon's prisons. Also, two African Americans who enjoy running discuss how they think about the sport after the death of Amaud Arbery.
Memorial Day weekend tested counties' reopening plans. We listen back to a conversation about whale behavior. And members of the Old Believers face particular challenges from this pandemic.
A program created to help pregnant women addicted to opioids has reduced the number of children placed in foster care. The pandemic has interrupted tribal efforts intended to prevent suicide. And our news roundtable guests share opinions and analysis on some big stories from the week.
Tuesday, many newly naturalized citizens in Oregon will be casting their votes in an U.S. election for the first time. The issues driving their votes are as varied as the experiences of the voters themselves.
Local business leaders say POC-owned small businesses need aid. Sanctuaries for primates are particularly hard hit right now. A local high school student is creating see-through masks. And a TriMet bus driver tells us about his days.