KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Sen. Jeff Merkley

Sen. Jeff Merkley

December 18, 2020

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon is Laural Porter's guest on this week's episode of KGW's Straight Talk. Merkley discusses how Congress is working on potentially passing a COVID-19 relief bill that many Americans are desperate for. He also reacts to the 2020 election and looks ahead to 2021. This episode was taped on Dec. 17, 2020.

COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and concern for holiday spike

COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon and concern for holiday spike

December 12, 2020

On this week's episode, Laural Porter takes a look at the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. She's joined by the CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), Becky Hultberg, and the chief executive of Providence Portland Medical Center, Krista Farnham. They discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the concern for another post-holiday case spike and more.

2020’s impact on Street Roots and Portland businesses

2020’s impact on Street Roots and Portland businesses

December 4, 2020

In this week's episode of Straight Talk with Laural Porter, she talks with Street Roots executive director Kaia Sand and staff members Raven Drake and Gary Barker about how the nonprofit, which supports the homeless, has been getting by during the pandemic and how people can support them during the holiday season. Laural also talks with Andrew Hoan, the CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, and Kristin Van Buskirk, owner of the small business Woonwinkel, about the impact 2020 has had businesses. 

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