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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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Demolition | Premature Birth | Hamilton Fish And Impeachment

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish's father played a key role in the Nixon impeachment process. Is Portland following its demolition inspection ordinance? A new study shows Oregon is doing relatively well on premature birth rates, except among women of color. 

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News Roundtable | REBROADCAST: Thank You For Your Service

We get opinions and analysis of the week's biggest news. And we listen back to a conversation with veterans about what the phrase "thank you for your service" means to them.

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Healthcare Comparison Study | Opioid Addiction | Ambient Sounds

A new program helps women transition to a life after incarceration. A cult classic ambient album that was recorded in 1975 has been re-released. And a new study compares medical care access of patients with private health insurance and those with Medicaid.

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Women Of Color Are Winning More Elections In Oregon. 4 Leaders Discuss What That Means.

Four Portland metro-area leaders discuss what it means to have more women of color winning elections and holding power in government.

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Women Of Color In Politics

Four women of color who have been elected to office tell us about the challenges of running, and holding those positions. 

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Voting By Phone | Glaciers | E. Portland Art Exhibit

Two Oregon counties will allow overseas residents to vote by phone. Scientists say Oregon's glaciers are not monitored enough. An artist interviews East Portland residents.

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News Roundtable | Indigenizing Love | Military Widow

We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest news of the week. Also, we hear about a new set of resources for Native LBGTQ youth. And an Oregonian has written an essay about her experience as a military widow.

Communities | Entertainment | Recreation | local | Think Out Loud

Pedestrian Deaths | Stumptown Series | Pumpkin Boats

We get an analysis of pedestrian deaths through an equity lens and a breakdown of the TV series, "Stumptown." Also, an introduction to the world of giant pumpkin growing and boat racing in those giant pumpkins.  

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Home Funerals | Recovery High School | Vaping Ban

We'll find out more about Oregon's new flavored vape ban. Also, a new website helps people who want to take funerals into their own hands. And a high school helps students who are in recovery from addiction. 

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News Roundtable | REBROADCAST: Vancouver Veterinarian

We hear opinions and analysis on the week's news. Also, we listen back to an interview with the local star of the Animal Planet show "Amanda to the Rescue."

Climate change | local | News | Health | Communities | Sustainability | Think Out Loud

Forests, Oceans & Climate Change | Hydrogen Energy | Cheryle Kennedy

Forests and Oceans bear the brunt of climate change, but they offer opportunities to help reverse it. Also, could hydrogen fuel production be coming to the Pacific Northwest? And Cheryle Kennedy, the chair of the Grand Ronde tribe, recently won a national award.

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Bird Migration | Superintendent Of The Year | Female Pilots

A new documentary highlights the 7% of pilots who are women. The Portland Audobon urges people to turn off lights at night to help birds. And the Eugene superintendent was named Oregon Superintendent of the Year.

Communities | News | local | Think Out Loud

Facial Recognition | Highway 199 | Homeless Survey

Portland is considering restricting facial recognition software. Rural Highway 199 is one of the most dangerous in the state. And a new report asked homeless Portlanders how they would like first responders to treat them.

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Fire Chief | Cannabis Lawsuit | Cowgirls

Today's topics: Portland's first African-American fire chief. Wine versus cannabis. And women participating in rodeos.

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Public Health Crisis | LGBTQ Rodeo | Larnell Bruce Foundation

Oregon cities are declaring addiction a public health crisis. A photography exhibit shows life at gay rodeos. Larnell and Natasha Bruce advocate for stronger hate crime laws after the murder of their son.

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Funeral Homes | SRO 2.0 | Plastic Recycling

Oregon isn’t inspecting funeral homes as often as it’s supposed to. A new housing complex in Portland's Kenton neighborhood is using the single room occupancy model to house low-income people. And Oregon Metro is partnering with private groups to reduce plastic in landfills. 

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Veterinarian Suicides | Volcanoes | Faith Healing

Suicide rates among veterinarians are very high. How closely are we monitoring active volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest? And a new documentary focuses on the religious group Followers of Christ.

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PCUN Leader | Dams | Extracurricular Accessibility

Longtime PCUN director and co-founder Ramon Ramirez just retired. Two dams in Newport are in danger of failing. And a southern Oregon school district is dropping fees for extracurricular activities.

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News Roundtable | Cheap College Textbooks | Passport Denials

We get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big stories. Chemeketa Community College is printing its own textbooks and saving students big bucks. And we hear about the Oregonian who was denied a passport.

Communities | local | Think Out Loud

North Plains | Oregon Trail | Police Review Director

North Plains is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington County. A video game inspired a South Dakota first-grader to visit the Oregon Trail. A former prosecutor is the new director of Portland's Independent Police Review.