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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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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.

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Lane County Opioids | Systemic Racism | Culinary Corridor

In Lane County, fentanyl use is on the rise. A consultant for Multnomah County has suggested ways to address systemic racism. And we hear from advocates trying to save Portland's culinary corridor.

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Election Breakdown | Police Monologues

The day after a midterm election, we dig into the results. The August Wilson Red Door Project has commissioned a series of monologues based on the experiences of police officers.

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OPB's Live Election Night Coverage 2018

OPB follows the election results live on November 6th, 2018.

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News Roundtable | Matt Shea | Oregon Congressional Delegation

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea handed out a libertarian pamphlet. We hear how changes in D.C. could affect Oregon's congressional delegation. And we hear from our news roundtable.

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Tracking Hate | Sexual Violence And Homelessness

We hear about how Eugene and Portland track bias incidents and hate crimes. And we learn about the misconceptions around sexual violence and homelessness. 

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Moral Therapy | Gates Elections | Mental Health | Rugby

Cognitive behavioral therapy comes to the federal justice system. No one is running to fill empty elected seats in Gates, Oregon. And an OHSU nursing student will play on the national rugby team.

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Proposed Protest Ordinance | Endorsement Roundtable | Pizza City

We talk about the constitutionality of "time, place, and manner" restrictions on speech. Also, is Portland a great pizza city? Also, newspaper editors from around the state tell us how they chose to endorse candidates and measures.

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Washington Clean Energy Bill | UO And Nike

A new book explores the relationship between Nike and the University of Oregon. Also, a climate initiative on the ballot in Washington would be the first of its kind in the country.

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Election Polling | Mount Hood Tragedy | Traffic Fatalities

We discuss the latest polling on key midterm races. Also, we look back at the Oregon Episcopal School Mount Hood tragedy 32 years later and discuss rising traffic fatalities in Oregon. 

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Protest Ordinance | Flu Season | Portland City Council

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans to introduce an ordinance limiting protests. A new study looks at how viruses behave in different places. We talk with the two candidates running for Portland City Council.

Election | News | Politics | Think Out Loud

Interview With Kate Brown | News Roundtable

We wrap up our series of gubernatorial candidate conversations, and our panel of news watchers take up this week's big stories. 

Arts | Books | Think Out Loud

Jill Lepore And 'These Truths' At Literary Arts

Host Dave Miller sits down with historian and writer Jill Lepore, author of "These Truths," in front of a live audience at Literary Arts in downtown Portland.

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Klamath County Health Award | Project 75 | Patrick Starnes

Klamath County wins a "Culture of Health" prize. We look back at a program that brought African-American students to the University of Oregon. We continue our gubernatorial candidate conversations.

Election | News | local | Politics | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Housing Bond Measure

Our news roundtable offers opinions and analysis on the latest news. And Portland-area voters will consider a $652.8 million bond measure to help build affordable housing. 

Nation | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Oregon Groundbreakers Share Their Vision

Five Oregon innovators sit down with host Dave Miller in front of an audience and talk about their blue sky vision and what drives them.

News | Think Out Loud

Abortion Measure | Talking Business | TriMet Fare Enforcement

Measure 106 would prohibit state funding for most abortions. A Multnomah County judge ruled that a TriMet fare enforcement check was unconstitutional. And we'll discuss the latest regional business news. 

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Homeless ID Pilot Program | Alice Tallmadge's New Memoir

Portland police are working on a program to provide IDs to homeless people. Alice Tallmadge's new memoir explores her family's panic over a false belief that Satanic abuse was sweeping the nation.

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Inactive Voters | Mental Health Alliance | Recovery Farm

Oregon's secretary of state is reaching out to inactive voters via Facebook. The Mental Health Alliance wants input on police use of force. And, a farm in Carlton helps men recovering from addiction.

News | local | Education | Think Out Loud

Oregon's 'Model Dress Code' Aims To Make School Policies More Fair

Schools around the nation are adopting Oregon's "model dress code." The code approved by Portland Public Schools in 2016 aims to create a dress code that meets students' concerns.