KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Child abuse in Oregon

Child abuse in Oregon

January 24, 2020

Laural Porter is joined by Becky Jones, the executive director of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, Rep. Anna Williams (D-52), and Hood County Sheriff Matt English. The experts discuss how children's advocacy centers are changing the way we respond to abuse, and what laws the Oregon legislature is considering to offer more support to victims. 

Gov. Brown on the upcoming session

Gov. Brown on the upcoming session

January 17, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown talked with Laural about reviving the cap-and-trade bill, the possibility of another Republican walkout and goals for the upcoming legislative session.

Remembering Commissioner Nick Fish

Remembering Commissioner Nick Fish

January 10, 2020

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish passed away after a battle with abdominal cancer on Jan. 2, 2020. He was a frequent guest on Straight Talk, and a long-time public servant. Laural Porter is joined by guests: Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, the executive director of the Latino Network Carmen Rubio, and KGW political analyst Len Bergstein.

Is the trade industry in Oregon strong?

Is the trade industry in Oregon strong?

December 20, 2019

We're joined by Eco Northwest President John Tapogna, Executive Director of PNW International Trade Association Maria Isabel Ellis, and Executive Director of Port of Portland Curtis Robinhold to talk about the health of imports/exports in Oregon, including agriculture and the industry-leading companies like Intel. 

Addiction Treatment and Recovery, with Heidi Wallace and Carrie Bates of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Addiction Treatment and Recovery, with Heidi Wallace and Carrie Bates of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

December 13, 2019

Heidi Wallace and Carrie Bates from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation join Laural Porter to talk about addiction and recovery. The holidays can be a difficult time for people who struggle with substance abuse. Heidi and Carrie talk about the importance of treatment and offer resources for those who need help. Carrie also discusses her own personal journey from gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer to alcoholic, and how treatment and recovery has changed her life.

 
Rep. Tiffany Mitchell on donating a kidney

Rep. Tiffany Mitchell on donating a kidney

December 6, 2019

Laural Porter is joined by Oregon State Rep. Tiffany Mitchell, a living kidney donor, and Leslie Brock, executive director of Donate Life Northwest. They discussed Mitchell's donation, as well as how a new law in Oregon could make it easier for others to become living donors. 

Ebony Clarke of Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Addiction Services

Ebony Clarke of Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Addiction Services

November 25, 2019

Ebony Clarke, the new director of Multnomah County's Mental Health and Addiction Services Division, says her goal, as she takes over leadership of the department, is to rebuild trust, morale and transparency.

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.