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Beat Check with The Oregonian is a weekly podcast hosted by reporter Andrew Theen that takes listeners behind the headlines and inside the state's largest news organization.

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Beat Check with The Oregonian is a weekly podcast hosted by reporter Andrew Theen that takes listeners behind the headlines and inside the state's largest news organization.

    Addiction in a pandemic, plus a post-COVID jaunt up Mount Tabor

    Addiction in a pandemic, plus a post-COVID jaunt up Mount Tabor

    We all had to summon something to get through the past 15 months or so. Call it resilience or whatever you want. But the pandemic invariably hit some people harder. For people living with drug and alcohol addiction, the pandemic presented a massive roadblock.


    On this episode of Beat Check, staff reporter Fedor Zarkhin, who’s been covering COVID-19 since before the virus hit Oregon, talks about life in these times.


    On the first half of the show, we talked about his recent series that profiles people living with addiction. We talked about their struggles and their successes.


    On the second half of the show we discussed Fedor’s decision to head to southeast Portland’s Mount Tabor park on a recent sunny day to chat up strangers. We talked about what he learned and the simple joys in post-pandemic life.
     
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    Klamath crisis: 'There just isn't enough water to go around'

    Klamath crisis: 'There just isn't enough water to go around'

    Have the water wars returned to Klamath county? Federal officials announced last month that no one -- not the tribes or farmers in the Southern Oregon county -- will get water from upper klamath lake this year. 
    The impact goes beyond Oregon’s border. No one is happy. On this episode, reporter Kale Williams breaks down just what is going on in Klamath County.


    Related reading: Draining Oregon investigative series
     
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    Janelle Bynum emerges as a police reform leader

    Janelle Bynum emerges as a police reform leader

    It’s been one year since George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. And since then Oregon lawmakers have taken concrete and bipartisan steps toward addressing how officers can deploy force in the state. More bills aimed at holding officers accountable are likely to pass this session. And Oregon’s lone Black woman lawmaker Janelle Bynum has been at the center of those policy changes. She is openly aiming for higher office.


    On the latest episode of Beat Check, criminal justice reporter at the paper Noelle Crombie talks about why she decided to write an in-depth story about Bynum right now. We talked about how the Happy Valley Democrat got into politics, how she became a power broker in Salem, what her reputation is in the capital and why she doesn’t shy away from vocally opposing people in her own party.
     
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    Portland's protest movement 1 year later

    Portland's protest movement 1 year later

    A year ago this week, protests against racial injustice sprang up in cities nationwide, and Portland was no different. Iconic images of thousands of protestors marching across Portland bridges made national headlines and Portlanders took to the streets night after night. What’s the state of that movement in Portland today, and has the message been lost amid headlines about broken windows and vandalism. And what do protesters think of those headlines. Are they fair?


    On the latest episode of Beat Check, Catalina Gaitán, a reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive, tries to answer those difficult questions. Gaitán spoke with protesters and current and former politicians to take the pulse one year after George Floyd’s name suddenly became a national and international rallying cry. 


    Gaitán was born and raised in Portland and covered the protests for countless nights as a freelancer, for the Portland Mercury and for The Oregonian. We talked about what sticks with them from those long tear-gas filled nights, how it’s fundamentally changed their memories of some parts of the city and much more.
     
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    Downtown Portland: Perception vs. Reality

    Downtown Portland: Perception vs. Reality

    Downtown Portland is a complex place. In some ways, it’s struggling mightily. There’s the weight of the pandemic, the boarded up businesses and widespread trash there. In others, its excelling. See the lines for the new Gucci store for example. But how downtown is perceived is in some ways more important than its actual reality, especially for its economic future. And Portland area residents don’t have good things to say about downtown right now, even if they haven’t gone down there to check it out.


    On this episode, business reporters Jamie Goldberg and Mike Rogoway talk about the state of downtown today, what a recent poll commissioned by our newspaper revealed about that perception issue, and what it may take to bring people back to the city center.
     
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    Linfield University's many crises

    Linfield University's many crises

    Linfield University normally doesn’t make big news. But in the past month, the private school has attracted the attention of the NAACP, Anti Defamation League, Oregon Board of Rabbis and national news outlets.
     
    On the latest episode, cops and courts reporter Max Bernstein discusses the still unfolding situation at Linfield, where a tenured Shakespeare scholar was fired last month. The school now faces criticism that it fired a whistleblower who was drawing attention to sexual misconduct allegations against multiple school trustees. Its embattled president said the professor was fired for cause
     
    We talked about the controversy, how it’s played out on campus and how the university is handling it.
     
    Reading:
    Miles Davis talks about the firing
    Fourth Linfield trustee named in harassment claim 
     
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Customer Reviews

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62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Horse Heaven PDX ,

Great local news reviews

Really enjoy hearing from local journalists about Portland and Oregon news. Fantastic resource.

Sili Valley Guy ,

The stories behind the stories told by the reporters

This is not a summary of the day's news stories, for that approach check out the sibling podcast "News Updates from The Oregonian."

"Beat Check" is a discussion with reporters about their stories and what when in the making of the stories. Provides valuable context and additional information/insights. Highly recommended.

BTW, I am a subscriber to The Oregonian / OregonLive.

ronreason ,

great podcast

Recently listened to the episode diving into Oregon’s unemployment insurance crisis. Hearing the reporters talk about the background of the story was great, but their interviews with two people who are stuck in red tape quicksand were terrific. Really drove the story home. Will be listening regularly from now on.

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