Catalina Gaitán

Reporter Fellow at The Oregonian/OregonLive

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The Fine Print

Previous bylines: The Boston Globe, Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly Magazine, Willamette Week, Harvard University


  • B.A. in Journalism – Emerson College, Boston, MA (May 2015)
  • M.S. in Communications, Journalism Innovation – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (degree anticipated October 2022)

Work Experience:

  • Reporter Fellow at The Oregonian/OregonLive (2021 to present)
  • Content Editor at Travel Portland (2015-2020)
  • Metro Correspondent at The Boston Globe (2013-2015)
  • News & Public Affairs Reporter at 88.9 WERS FM (2013)
  • Editorial Intern at Portland Monthly Magazine (2014)
  • Communications Intern at Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2013)
  • News Intern at Willamette Week (2013)

Skills: bilingual (Spanish, English); radio and podcast production; e-newsletter production; social media marketing/management; content management

Recent Stories

Click here to see a feed of my recently published stories for The Oregonian/OregonLive.

‘I just want more people to run’: Portland Marathon includes non-binary athletes thanks to local runner

This summer, Nick Pham, 34, successfully pushed the Portland Marathon to recognize non-binary runners. Pham, who is transgender and non-binary, will run the race for the first time Oct. 3, 2021, in the new gender division “Non-Binary or Prefer Not To Disclose.”

City set to pay woman $50,000 for injuries suffered at Portland protest

Portland officials are set to pay a woman $50,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed against the city after being maimed by a flash-bang grenade during a 2018 protest.

One Oregon county adopted outdoor masking requirements. Will others follow?

Benton County appears to be the first in Oregon to require outdoor masking to blunt coronavirus spread, passing legislation this week requiring tens of thousands of fans to mask inside Oregon State University’s football stadium.

‘I just packed up and ran’: Bootleg fire continues to spread in southern Oregon

Marc Valens has spent the past half-century building the Moondance Ranch on a piece of property in Beatty in Klamath County, near where the Bootleg fire began. In a single day, the fire ravaged the property as it torched across more than 200,000 acres of land.

After a year of Portland protests, activists see no end in sight

“You’re going to find distrust and mistrust with police departments all across this country until they see some changes.” After a year of Portland protests, activists say this is only the beginning.

From the Archives

A few articles and interviews from the vault.

Cannabis Guide 2020: Green Muse’s Top Five Cannabis Edibles

Portland Mercury, Sept. 28, 2020 – 2020 has been a banner year for Things That Make Me Want to Smoke Weed. For related reasons, it’s also been a remarkably bad year for lungs. That’s where the talented budtenders at Green Muse come in.

Gritty teen has arm reattached at Mass. General

The Boston Globe, May 17, 2014 – It had been a night at work like any other for 17-year-old Brett Bouchard, who was cleaning the restaurant’s industrial pasta maker at the end of his shift. What followed was a story of moxie and medicine that led from near the Canadian border to Massachusetts General Hospital, where Bouchard had his arm surgically reattached.

Rick Steves Makes a Case for Pot

Portland Monthly Magazine, Oct. 8, 2014 – The esteemed Washingtonian travel writer heads out on the road to promote marijuana legalization in Oregon.

Franklin Park Zoo’s beloved lion roars no more

The Boston Globe, April 9, 2015 – The Franklin Park Zoo was noticeably quieter Thursday afternoon after its most famous and loudest resident, Christopher the lion, gave his final roar.

In the Cannabis Kitchen with Laurie Wolf

Portland Mercury, Jan. 25, 2021 – When the pandemic lockdowns began, people started buying a lot of things. For some folks, it was sourdough bread starters. For others (mostly sadists), it was exercise bikes. And for people in Oregon, it was–to put it bluntly–a metric shit-ton of weed. 

Q&A: Megan Amram Reps PDX as One of the Funniest People on Twitter

Portland Monthly Magazine, Oct. 21, 2014 – The writer for NBC’s Parks and Recreation and one of Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter” satirizes women’s-magazine style advice in her debut book, Science … For Her!

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