Resident Profile: Karen Wells

by Michael French, Concordia News Activist and Alameda resident Karen Wells carries a business card with the job title “change agent.” It's a phrase that sums up her approach and five decades of social justice...

Interview with Jamie Turner, Owner, Ja’das Soulful Eatz

Interviewed by Adam Lyons, NECN What’s your background? I worked for Bonneville Power for 38 years - started there as a student - then recently retired last October. During that time I started a cupcake business...

5 Questions With State Rep. Tawna Sanchez

Tawna Sanchez was elected to the state legislature in 2016. Since then she has racked up a long list of legislative accomplishments, most significantly getting the Missing and Murdered Indigienous Women’s Act passed, which...

Resident Profile: Rena Williams 

 By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer There’s not much you can say that will phase a woman like Rena Williams. As the founder of a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting survivors of sex trafficking and...

Youth Profile: Ei-Shah Pirtle-Wright 

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer After years spent bouncing between her biological and foster parents, between her home town of Coos Bay and other parts of Oregon, there was a lot that Ei-Shah didn’t...

Resident Spotlight: Clifford Walker of Humboldt Neighborhood

Tell us about your Portland roots: My father worked for the Union Pacific railroad as a cook, that is how my family moved to Portland. I learned a lot from the men who worked with...

Resident Profile: Marcia Cole, Concordia Neighborhood

By Jessica Rojas, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods,  Hey Neighbor: How long you have you been in this neighborhood?  I was born in Portland, my mother was of Irish descent from Canada and we grew up in...

Resident Spotlight: Karis Stoudamire-Phillips

By Mischa S. Webley, NECN Staff Writer Karis Stoudamire-Phillips might not sleep. As a mother of two boys, the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Moda Health, and the wife of a traveling musician, she would...

Resident Profile: Shawn Penney

By Mischa S. Webley, NECN Staff Writer Shawn Penney loves Northeast Portland. In fact, he loves it so much that he’s dedicated his life to making it better. As the president of Good in the...

Resident Profile: Bob Boyer 

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer Bob Boyer never thought he’d be here. A former boxer from West Philadelphia, he was a young man in the Air Force, just past 20 years old, when he...

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