KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

March 27, 2020

On this week’s episode, Laural Porter talks with Andrew Hoan, the executive director of the Portland Business Alliance, about the impact the coronavirus has had on Portland’s economy. Laural also speaks with an organizer from Street Roots and a woman who is homeless in Portland to find out how the public health crisis is affecting them.

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

March 24, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is sending far-reaching shockwaves through our communities. But the CEO of the Oregon Food Bank said the organization is determined it will meet the need of those hurting in this crisis. Also, we get an update on U.S. census collection. Since field operations have been suspended, crews are using social media, texting, and phone calls to contact people now, with hopes they'll be able to get out in the field later.

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

March 20, 2020

Jules Boykoff, a political scientist who studies the Olympics, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in March 2020 about why the Summer Games should be canceled amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Value of Jobs report in Oregon

Value of Jobs report in Oregon

March 13, 2020

The full economic impact of COVID-19 is still unknown, but the executive director of the Portland Business Alliance, Andrew Hoan, said it's already had significant impact on the traded sector, the hospitality industry, and everything in between. Those ominous headwinds come at a time the region has been surging economically.

Hoan said the Portland metro area has been in uncharted waters with an 11-year economic expansion, the longest in history. But no one knows what lies ahead.

Rep. Schrader on coronavirus and climate change

Rep. Schrader on coronavirus and climate change

March 6, 2020
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D), who is being challenged by Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba in the Democratic primary, talks about why he should continue to represent the 5th District. He also discussed a coronavirus case reported in his district, climate change and health care.
Fighting hunger in Oregon and Washington

Fighting hunger in Oregon and Washington

February 28, 2020

According to the Oregon Food Bank, one in nine people in Oregon and Washington face food insecurity. Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan hopes there comes a time when her job is no longer necessary.

What trees can tell us about climate change

What trees can tell us about climate change

February 20, 2020

Local experts explain how trees can help us prepare for a warming climate. Laural Porter is joined by KGW Meteorologist Matt Zaffino, Reed College Professor Dr. Aaron Ramirez, and Portland State University associate professors Dr. Paul Loikith and Dr. Todd Rosenstiel. 

How Inside Woodlawn teaches us about a lot more than a Portland elementary school

How Inside Woodlawn teaches us about a lot more than a Portland elementary school

February 13, 2020

Investigative reporter Cristin Severance, and photojournalists Gene Cotton and Kurt Austin, are spending the school year telling stories about Woodlawn Elementary's students, staff and parents. It's a project providing insight into not only education in Portland, but also the community's history and a glimpse at where it might be headed.

Strengthening domestic violence laws

Strengthening domestic violence laws

February 7, 2020

Tiffany Hill was shot and killed by her estranged husband in front of her children in November 2019. Now, Washington lawmakers and victims’ advocates are working together to stop what happened to Hill from happening to anyone else. Laural Porter is joined by Vancouver Police detective Tanya Wollstein, Washington State Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-Vancouver) and victims advocate Michelle Bart.

Senate leaders on new Cap and Trade Bill

Senate leaders on new Cap and Trade Bill

February 3, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick and Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. join Laural Porter to discuss the upcoming legislative session, and why Democrats think their new version of the Cap and Trade Bill could pass this session.