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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

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Salem Homeless | Indigenous Languages | Chronically Ill In College

Salem has banned the distribution of food under the Marion Street Bridge. A linguistics lab at the University of Oregon works to revitalize indigenous languages. And a student writes about her chronic illness experience.

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State of the State | Artist Residency Program | WA Opioid Approach | Daylight Saving

A residency program focuses on artists with disabilities. A new podcast explores a Washington county's approach to the opioid epidemic. Governor Brown gives her State of the State address today. And California voters approved keeping the state on Daylight Saving time year round.

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SNAP Pilot Program | Portland in Color | REBROADCAST: Willy Vlautin

A state pilot program helps people on public assistance find jobs. A new directory is meant to bolster visibility for Portland artists of color. And we listen back to a conversation with Willy Vlautin. 

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Talking Business | Vaping | Elliott State Forest

E-cigarette use has been declared an epidemic by the U.S. Surgeon General. Also, we'll learn what OSU would like to do with Elliott State Forest, and we'll get the latest business news.

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News Roundtable | Coffee Creek | Dan Saltzman | Girl Scouts

We get opinion and analysis about some of the week's top stories. We also hear about a new policy at the women's prison, Portland city commissioner Dan Saltzman and girls in the Boy Scouts in southern Oregon.

Communities | Books | News | local | Think Out Loud

New Laws | Northwest Fires | Changes In The Book Biz

This hour we talk about the book business, the increase of catastrophic wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and the new laws that will affect Oregonians in the new year.

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Josh Marquis | New Year's Traditions

We sit down with outgoing Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis. And we hear from listeners about their New Year's traditions. 

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REBROADCAST: Demographics Of Washington County

We listen back to a conversation on the changing demographics of Oregon through the lens of its most rapidly diversifying county. 

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Christmas Tree Climate | Wash. Teacher Diversity | Prepping For 'The Big One'

How can Oregon Christmas trees be adapted to a changing climate? How are plans for responding to a major earthquake changing? Also, Washington schools are becoming more diverse, but not its teachers.

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REBROADCAST: Viet Thanh Nguyen

We listen back to an interview with author Viet Thanh Nguyen in front of an audience at Literary Arts.

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Sugar Shack Demolition | Homeless Vets | Police In Schools

Affordable housing will replace a former Portland strip club. Operation Welcome Home will use state lottery funds for veteran services. Portland Public Schools considers increasing police presence. 

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Mental Health And Police | Teresa Alonso Leon | New Mushroom

A program in Eugene sends crisis workers out on mental health crisis calls, rather than police. Also, a new species of mushroom was found in southern Oregon. And we sit down with state Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon.

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Student Deaths | Lake Oswego City Councilor | Christmas Trees

A school district responds to student deaths by suicide. Daniel Nguyen is the first person of color on Lake Oswego's city council. We ask listeners: Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

News | Think Out Loud

Murdered Indigenous Women | Violence Against Women Act | Gorge Trails | Cody Sheehy

A new report tracks indigenous women murdered in urban areas. The Violence Against Women Act will expire this month unless Congress takes action. Popular Columbia River Gorge trails reopen after the fire.

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Tara Westover At Literary Arts

Live at Literary Arts, we sit down with writer Tara Westover to discuss her memoir, "Educated."

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News Roundtable | Transracial Adoption | Farm Bill

A Eugene program helps international and transracial adoptees navigate questions of identity. The 2018 Farm Bill could have a big impact on Oregon's hemp industry. And we discuss this week's big news.

local | Health | Business | News | Environment | Think Out Loud

DHS Death Reporting | Youth Legal Clinic | Green Cannabis

Oregon officials aren't publishing timely reports on the deaths of children in their care. A Portland nonprofit offers legal aid to homeless youth. The cannabis industry isn't as green as you think.

local | News | Think Out Loud

10 Years Of Our Town

As part of our celebration of 10 years on air, we look back at our series "Our Town." 

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Psychiatric Board | Transgender Healthcare | Young Inventors

Some people found criminally insane in Oregon attack again when released from care. Central Oregon hospitals work to improve transgender healthcare. And, we talk to two young people who won national recognition for their scientific inventions.

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News Roundtable | Yoncalla Mayor | College Food Insecurity

The University of Oregon launches a pilot program to combat student food insecurity, and Yoncalla elects an 18-year-old mayor. Plus, we hear from our news roundtable on this week's big stories.