Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson is an accomplished writer, journalist and filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. He received one-on-one coaching writing stories, taking photos, and voicing and editing professional broadcast pieces for local public radio station KTOO, in Juneau. During undergrad, he co-produced a documentary film about homeless advocates called “Invisible Hands,” which aired on public television in Alaska. He has a strong interest in arts and culture, homelessness and equality issues, and community reporting. He is a Community Reporter at the Portland Observer and is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism from University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon. In 2019 Danny directed and co-produced a documentary about the 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire called "Escape From Eagle Creek," which won an Alliance for Community Media "Best of the Northwest" Award for Documentary--a competition that encompasses Alaska, states in the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Western Canada. Contact Danny at djpeterson3@gmail.com or danny@portlandobserver.com. More info at www.dannypeterson.me.

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Bracing for Food Stamp Cuts

Advocates for the hungry decry proposal

Advocates for the hungry are bracing for the impacts while fighting against a proposed rule change from the Trump Administration that could kick more than three million people off of food stamps, including over 60,000 in Oregon.

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A Digital Music Niche

Pair teaches art of making a record

“Regardless of skin color, classical musical training, gender identification, or physical ability or disability, everyone can do this work.”

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Changing Eating Habits

Village Gardens a new resource for fresh and healthy

A local non-profit is taking a unique approach to connecting low income communities to fresh, healthy food by facilitating both a community garden and a grocery store that sells its produce.

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Former Candidate Hired by District

Clarke to lead community engagement team

Shanice Clarke, one of the two African American community leaders who ran for the Portland School Board last May, has been hired as the district’s new director of community engagement.

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Salute to a Fierce Advocate

Antoinette Edwards retires from office helping youth

“There are few people I would call a hero. You’re a hero,” remarked Mayor Ted Wheeler before declaring July 31 as “Antoinette Edwards Fierce Advocate Day” in Portland.

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Masked Up for Protest

Do concealed identities embolden the violence?

Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has raised the issue of the concealed identities during protests in downtown Portland as emboldening some of the violence that has been occurring, but would banning masks violate constitutional protections?

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Juvenile Justice Reform Made Good

Governor signs law sponsored by late Sen. Winters

New sentencing requirements for young offenders meant to mitigate long held systemic racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in Oregon’s corrections system was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown Monday in what advocates are calling the most significant juvenile justice reform bill in the past quarter century.

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New Roots on MLK

Alberta Commons business owners celebrate

The importance of cultivating African American culture and prosperity and replanting roots in the historic heart of Portland’s black community was the theme of Saturday’s public grand opening celebration for the Alberta Commons project, “Dream Street” located at 5015 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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Demanding Police Accountability

Activists want seat in new police union contract

Portland activists are calling on the city to reverse course from the past and allow meaningfully public participation and civilian oversight during its upcoming contract negotiations with rank and file police officers negotiating a new contract over the next year

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On Stronger Footing

Q Center support serves diverse community

The Q Center, a nonprofit providing services and a safe space for Portland and southwest Washington’s LGBTQ+ community, has just completed an intense fundraising effort to complete much needed maintenance to their building on North Mississippi Avenue, but advocates say continued community support in funding and volunteering are essential to keeping the Pacific Northwest’s largest LGBTQ+ community center up and running.

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