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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

News | Think Out Loud

Cannabis Users | Winter In Antarctica | Diversifying The Census

Who are Oregon's cannabis consumers? Also, officials are working to make sure immigrants and communities of color aren't left out of the census. And a team of researchers heads to Antarctica for the winter.

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Restraint In School | Legal Records | Age Discrimination | Burger Union

Little Big Burger workers have unionized. A new bill would punish age discrimination. One public library offers access to court records. And students have been physically restrained without their parents' knowledge.

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Foster Care Bills | PPB Cadets | Mental Health Response

A new plan for law enforcement response in Portland. Police cadets share their experiences. And legislative fixes for foster care.

Communities | Politics | News | Climate change | local | Think Out Loud

Students Protest Climate Policy | News Rountable | Transportation & Climate

We hear from Portland high school students protesting climate change, and hear from the head of the Oregon global warming commission. Plus we get opinions on regional stories from our news roundtable.

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Hate Crime Trial | Music Millennium | Northwest Comic

The music industry has changed a lot in the 50 years that Portland record store Music Millennium has been open. We get an update on a hate crime murder trial that started this week. Also, two local comic book writers have set a new DC Comics series in the Pacific Northwest.

NW Life | Environment | Politics | local | News | Entertainment | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Hazel Hall | Plastic Bag Ban

We discuss business news, the late poet Hazel Hall and a proposed statewide ban of single-use plastic bags. 

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News Roundtable | Supporting Foster Care Youth

Opinions and analysis on the news of the week. And a look at a program that helps foster care youth become successful, independent adults.

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Merkley Not Running | Lower Voting Age | Diversifying Computer Science

A bill in the Legislature would send a question about lowering the voting age to the ballot. A UO professor wants to diversify computer science. And Sen. Jeff Merkley has announced he's not running for president.

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Rent Control | Maxville Jazz | Chinese American Oregonians

Oregon is the first state in the nation to enact rent control statewide. The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of Maxville and Vanport. And we learn about the lives of early Chinese immigrants in Oregon.

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Oregon Childcare | Donna Hayes

It can be hard to find childcare in Oregon. Also, we talk to Donna Hayes about how her life has changed in the two years since her grandson, Quanice Hayes, was shot by Portland Police.

local | Nation | News | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit

We get opinions and analysis of the news of the week. Also, Oregon is sending foster youth to facilities with previous reports of abuse. And a new nonprofit in Hermiston will attempt to combat negative perceptions of Latinos.

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Housing Density | Disrupted Learning | Gray Whales

Minneapolis has voted for a law that Oregon is considering, allowing triplexes in single-family neighborhoods. The teachers union says Oregon classrooms are in crisis. And a new study follows our resident gray whales.

local | News | Arts | Think Out Loud

Homeless Artist's Work On Display In Portland 7 Years After His Death

Terry Houghton died while he was homeless. Seven years later, his art is on display in Portland. 

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Accused Saudi | Homeless Artist | In-Home Baby Visits

A gallery displays the art of a man who died while homeless. Lawmakers consider a proposal for in-home visits for new parents. And it appears a Saudi man accused in a fatal car crash fled Oregon with help from his government.

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Vaccination Bill | Venture Capital | Prescribed Burns

A lawmaker wants to change Washington's vaccine exemption rules. A group of entrepreneurs want to change startup funding. And Oregon wants to allow more prescribed burns to reduce wildfires.

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Snowpack | Homeless In Bend | PPS Vote | Terry Blas

Oregon's snowpack is below normal, again. A formerly homeless man in Bend is trying to help others in that position. And we learn about the PPP board's vote Tuesday night to pull out of an agreement with the city over police in schools.

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Tribes On Climate Change | Eugene Plan | Wheeler County

Northwest tribes talk climate change. Eugene has a plan to end homelessness. And Wheeler County has been struggling with a lack of volunteer emergency responders.

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Vaccine Regionalism | Psilocybin Therapy

What does the measles outbreak in Washington mean for Oregon? And why are there so many unvaccinated people in the Pacific Northwest? Also, we learn about an effort to legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin.

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Mental Health Crisis | Immigrant Nurses | Bosnian Play

Why are police often the first responders for mental health crises? A new program helps nurses from other countries get their Oregon credentials. And a new play tells a story of Bosnian survival.

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2019 Legislative Session | DRO Lawsuit | Youth Unlimited

We look ahead to Oregon's 2019 Legislative session. And we talk with an Oregon woman who has started a foster care agency to provide behavioral rehabilitation care for youth.