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Producer, Think Out Loud

Samantha Matsumoto

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.

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Recent Articles

Health | local | News

Salem COVID-19 Diagnosis Highlights Challenges Facing The Unhoused

People experiencing homelessness – especially those who do not live in shelters –  are likely to have underlying health conditions that make them especially vulnerable if they become infected with COVID-19.

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Child Welfare | 1918 Flu | Delivery Driver | John Simpkins

The state's child welfare system is struggling under the pandemic. What lessons can the influenza pandemic teach us? And painter John Simpkins is used to a solitary quarantine lifestyle: he lives in a ghost town.

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St. Charles Hospital | Salem Homeless | Portland City Commissioner Debate

St. Charles Hospital in Bend is preparing for an influx of coronavirus patients. Service providers are doing what they can to help people who are homeless in Salem. And we hear from candidates for Portland City Council. 

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Asian American Harassment | Climate Change Order | Census

Asian Americans in Portland are experiencing harassment amid the pandemic. We hear how the census is being affected by the the coronavirus. We also hear what exactly is in Oregon Gov. Brown's climate change executive order.

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Oregon Governor | Domestic Violence | Fossil Mayor | Timbers Player

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joins us to talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic violence advocates are concerned about an increase in calls. The mayor of Fossil tells us how her small town is handling the pandemic. And a Timbers player tells us what his days look like. 

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Tribal Health | Coronavirus Fraud | RACC | Eugene Mural

This hour we hear about how coronavirus is affecting the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and schemes aimed at exploiting COVID-19 anxiety. We also talk to RACC and Mobility International USA.

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Epidemic Executive Order | Restaurants | Childcare

We hear about Gov. Kate Brown's latest orders on the pandemic, how restaurants are handling closures and what Oregon families need to know about childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Meals On Wheels | People Helping People | Oregon Courts

We hear how Meals on Wheels is continuing its work amid this public health crisis, how people are rallying to help those in need in their communities, and the effect of coronavirus on court proceedings.

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Economic Impact | Coastal Towns | Queer Fiction

The long term economic impacts of coronavirus could be severe in Oregon. Coastal towns face some particular challenges right now. Also, a new collection of short stories focuses on queer life in Portland.

Health | NW Life | local | Nation | News

How Is The Coronavirus Impacting Your Life

Just about everyone in Oregon has a coronavirus story, and we would like to hear yours. We’re working hard to bring you the most up-to-date and reliable information on the current outbreak.

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Stalled Legislature | Japanese American Play | Problematic Murals

What Oregon state legislation, besides cap and trade, is being affected by the Republican walkout? There's a debate over what to do with 90-year-old murals at Grant High School. And the Oregon Children's Theatre is presenting a play about a Japanese American family that is relocated from their home and imprisoned in detention camps during World War II.

local | Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Labor Trafficking | REBROADCAST: Census 2020 | Leap Day

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum recently created a new task force to address labor abuse. Oregon wants to be sure historically under-counted communities are included in the 2020 census. And we hear about a curious leap day tradition.

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Cap And Trade | Walkout Politics | Intimacy Director

What would the cap and trade bill do? And are walkouts a common political strategy? Also, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an intimacy director.

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News Roundtable | Latinx Farmers | Hair Discrimination

We get opinions and analysis on the week's news. Also, a group of nonprofits is trying to increase the number of farms owned by Latinx residents. And lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban discrimination based on certain hairstyles.

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Search And Rescue | Doulas | Dental Care

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office wants to change the way they do search and rescue. A new program aims to create mid-level dental practitioners. And a local doula group works specifically with black and indigenous women.

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Christian Trial | Coronavirus Response | Sustainable Timber

The defense begins its case in the Jeremy Christian trial. We hear how Multnomah County responds to communicable diseases like the novel coronavirus. And a forester gives us his perspective on climate change and the timber industry. 

Books | local | News | Think Out Loud

'Tightrope' Explores Crisis In Rural America Through Yamhill County

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore the struggles of rural Americans and lay out how decades of United States policy have led to high rates of poverty, incarceration and addiction. 

News | Think Out Loud

Nicholas Kristof And Sheryl WuDunn's New Book 'Tightrope'

Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have a new book about the lives of poor, rural Americans.

local | Think Out Loud

"White Supremacy & Resistance" | DOJ Settlement | Housing Legislation

The Oregon Historical Quarterly's latest issue explores white supremacy. The Portland Police Bureau is in compliance with a DOJ settlement on use of force. And Oregon lawmakers may take up homelessness this session. 

local | News | Think Out Loud

Jordan Cove | Homeless Seniors | Seniors & Money | Cannabis Taxes

The Jordan Cove project faces some permit hurdles. A health insurance company is funding housing for homeless seniors. A new study aims to diagnose a senior's mental acuity by looking at financial transactions. And a town in Eastern Oregon would like to change the way cannabis tax money is distributed.