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Childcare deserts and free preschool

Childcare deserts and free preschool

November 15, 2019

Commissioner Vega Pederson and Director of Oregon's Early Learning System Miriam Calderon talk about Oregon's expensive childcare and preschool programs. A recent study recently found every Oregon county is considered a child care desert for newborns through 2-year-olds. 

Investigative Reporter Kyle Iboshi on robocalls and scams

Investigative Reporter Kyle Iboshi on robocalls and scams

November 11, 2019

KGW's Kyle Iboshi explains how robocalls work and if there's anything we can do to stop them. He also goes over some tips for aging parents and grandparents to avoid impostor scams. 

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Oregon business teams up with non-profit to fight child abuse

Oregon business teams up with non-profit to fight child abuse

November 8, 2019
Child advocates say the state of Oregon is woefully under funding services to prevent and treat child abuse. We're joined by Becky Jones, the executive director of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers and Ted Davis, the CEO of Airstream Adventures NW.
Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

October 25, 2019

Three scientists from Portland State University along with KGW's Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino discussed the impact climate change is having on the Pacific Northwest. 

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on student loan debt

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on student loan debt

October 18, 2019

Student loan debt in 2019 is at the highest points its ever been. Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and talks about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and is joined by Kristen Fouts, currently working as a teacher who was one of the few to get her student loan forgiven through the program. 

Lines for Life’s CEO Dwight Holton and YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser

Lines for Life’s CEO Dwight Holton and YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser

October 14, 2019

Lines for Life CEO Dwight Holton and Lines for Life YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser discuss the crisis, resources for prevention and erasing the stigma of suicide. This episode originally aired on KGW News on April 7, 2019.

Sen. Ron Wyden and former Sen. Gordon Smith on mental health

Sen. Ron Wyden and former Sen. Gordon Smith on mental health

October 4, 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith made a join appearance. The Republican and Democrat were in town for the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award dinner sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Providence Health doctors on tackling opioid epidemic

Providence Health doctors on tackling opioid epidemic

September 30, 2019

An average of 5 Oregonians a week die from opioid abuse, and Providence Health is taking steps to battle the addiction crisis. KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Providence doctors Shorin Nemeth and Jeremy Lynn, as well as Nancy Collins, a chronic pain patient who has used opioids in the past. 

Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech

Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech

September 20, 2019

KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech. The pair discusses Portland's technology sector, which is predominantly led by white men, PDXWIT was founded to encourage those who identify as women, non-binary and the under-represented to join the sector. NOTE: We apologize for some audio issues in this episode.

Interim PSU President Stephen Percy on his vision for the university

Interim PSU President Stephen Percy on his vision for the university

September 13, 2019

KGW's Laural Porter talked with interim Portland State President Stephen Percy ahead of the new school year. They discussed the tumultuous few years at PSU under the previous president and how he plans to provide steady leadership. President Percy also shared his thoughts on the calls for change to campus security and the rising cost of tuition. This episode originally aired on KGW Sept. 14, 2019.