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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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Equitable Giving | University Research | Pacific Islander Community

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. 

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Mask Requirement | Mask Exemption | Gun Locker | Congo Peace Project

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.

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Legislature Special Session | MAX Stabbing Sentencing | Interfaith Leaders

The legislature starts a special session today. And Portland faith leaders react to protests against police violence.

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Special Session | Police Training | DACA

The Oregon legislature begins a special session this week. We hear how law enforcement officers are trained in Oregon. And we check in with a DACA recipient after last week's Supreme Court ruling. 

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Black Male Achievement | LGBTQ In The Workplace | Seattle Protest Zone

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.

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News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth

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.

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Timber Investigation | Astoria | Racism & Mental Health

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.

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Independent Police Review | Wilson High Student | Farm Worker Housing

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.

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News Roundtable | Tear Gas | Thorns

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, how dangerous is tear gas during a pandemic? And the Thorns are going to start playing again.

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Police Union | Employment Department | Homelessness

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?

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Protests Continue | Spirit Run | Future Farmers

Protests continue in Portland and around the country. Author Noé Álvarez wrote about his experience running through indigenous lands. And the pandemic has limited options for Future Farmers of America.

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Kids And Protests | Police Reform | Health Questions

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?

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Weekend Protests | Struggling Parents

Protests rocked Portland for a third night on Sunday as civic leaders struggled to respond. Also, parents are juggling both work and teaching now, and many are finding it difficult.

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News Roundtable | Prison & COVID-19 | Running While Black

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.

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Technology | Geneva's | Contact Tracing

We learn how technology is changing the way people relate to each other in the pandemic. We talk with Paul Knauls Jr. about the closing of Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon. And we break down contact tracing. 

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Reopening Update | REBROADCAST: Whale Poop | Old Believers

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.

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News Roundtable | Mothers With Opioid Addiction | Tribes Cancel Activities

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.

Election | local | Politics | News

Newly Naturalized Citizens Prepare To Cast Votes In Oregon's 2020 Primary

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.

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POC Businesses | Primate Sanctuaries | See-Through Masks |TriMet Driver

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.

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Tribal Economies | Restaurants | Halal Food Boxes

How are tribal economies affected by casino closures? We hear from struggling restaurant owners and workers. And we learn about an effort to deliver culturally specific food aid during Ramadan.