Catalina Gaitán

✍🏼 Reporter at The Oregonian/OregonLive

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


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

Work Experience:

  • Reporter: The Oregonian/OregonLive (2022-present)
  • Reporting Fellow: The Oregonian/OregonLive (2021-2022)
  • Content Editor: Travel Portland (2015-2020)
  • Metro Correspondent: The Boston Globe (2013-2015)
  • News & Public Affairs Reporter: 88.9 WERS FM (2013)
  • Editorial Intern: Portland Monthly Magazine (2014)
  • Communications Intern: Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2013)
  • News Intern: Willamette Week (2013)

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

📰 Recent Stories

Click here to see a feed of my most recent stories for The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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.

Solar new year returns to Portland; ‘Songkran is how we are preserving our heritage’

For the first time in two years, hundreds gathered April 16, 2022 at Wat Buddhatham-Aram, a Buddhist temple in Northeast Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood, to celebrate Songkran, the solar new year.

Body donated to science dissected in front of paying audience at Portland hotel

The body of a 98-year-old man who died of COVID-19 was dissected in front of a paying audience inside a downtown Portland hotel last month — after his wife thought she donated his body to science.

‘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.”

Portland City Council approves launch of Black Youth Leadership Fund

The Portland City Council voted to launch the Black Youth Leadership Fund, a program introduced by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty that uses nearly $1 million divested from the Portland Police Bureau in 2020 to fund entrepreneurial grants and leadership programming for local Black youth.

Fleeing chaos, Afghan family finds open arms and a home in Portland’s Cully neighborhood

The family of Afghan refugees had no idea what to expect. They arrived in October 2021 at Portland International Airport, fleeing their country after it was thrown again into crisis. The family of seven, including a 4-month-old baby, arrived knowing no one.

Woman sues city of Portland for $10K over menstrual health effects of tear gas

Lanora Vasquez is suing the city of Portland for $10,000, claiming tear gas deployed by police during summer 2020 demonstrations caused lasting damage to her menstrual health. “Halfway around the block I would be almost doubled over with cramps,” she said.

‘We have the skill set and the willingness’: Volunteers repair 22 Portland homes as part of National Rebuild Day

The sounds of pressure washers and power tools rang out Saturday morning as a team of about 20 volunteers helped repair the North Portland home of 81-year-old Vera Harris.

Sylvia Dollarson, longtime Portland activist, dies at 79: ‘She was going to continue until change came’

One of the most important ways Sylvia Dollarson expressed love was through food — preferably home-cooked meals that were still warm. Dollarson, a longtime Portland activist who died last month at 79, was known for the countless meals she cooked for her family and for people experiencing homelessness. 

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.

📜 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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