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Portland Radio, TV, and News

Guide to Oregon and Portland News Sources

Custom "Oregon Trail" plate - the last "Trail" plate was issued in 2001.

Oregon standard "tree" plate that has been issued since 1989.

This blue-on-yellow baseplate was introduced in 1975 and was issued through 1987 - you still see the plate on a few Oregon vehicles today.

Custom salmon plate.  The extra proceeds from sales are used for the following: Litter Patrol Fund, Governors' Watershed Enhancement Board, and State parks.

1947 Oregon plate.

Custom Crater Lake National Park Centennial plate - released in 2002.  The extra proceeds are distributed to the Litter Patrol Fund and National Park Foundation.

Portland has one daily newspaper, The Oregonian and another weekly publication called Portland Tribune.  Both offer many of their “print” articles online. Portland has numerous weekly publications including the Willamette Week and their lead story is always interesting.  Their emphasis is on the entertainment scene.  They won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for uncovering the sex scandal of former Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt. Their claim, “. . . remain fiercely independent, and we strive to maintain an edge.”

Portland Picks is a subscription-driven weekly newsletter delivered to subscribers each Friday via email. It is a newsletter of ‘City Secrets’ and it reaches mostly women who like to shop and purchase items and services that enhance the quality of their lives.

Here are some other newspapers with online sites.

  • Asian Reporter  Weekly paper with an Asian focus.
  • Business Journal of Portland  Business news about Portland and Oregon.
  • Jewish Review  The Jewish Review is a twice-monthly, non-profit tabloid newspaper published since 1959 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
  • Mid-County Memo  A monthly newspaper that circulates 16,000 copies in the Gateway and Parkrose neighborhoods.
  • Oregon Capitol News  Oregon Politico is dedicated to reporting news from the state’s capitol and government bureaucracies.
  • Oregon Herald  Published online with “no ads”.  Stories are updated at least every hour.
  • Portland Mercury  Free weekly with good coverage of restaurants and entertainment.
  • Portland Observer  Committed to cultural diversity.
  • The Skanner  The Skanner News Group’s mission is to advance the cause of the Black Press in the North Western United States.

Oregon Newspapers offers links to over 100 newspapers in Oregon. This includes community weekly papers – check out the stories in smaller towns like Astoria and Pendleton.

TV and Radio

  • KATU 2  ABC
  • KOIN 6  CBS
  • KGW 8  NBC
  • KPTV 12  Fox
  • OPB  Oregon public TV.
  • Portland Community Media  At Portland Community Media we inspire people from all backgrounds to engage with existing and emerging technologies for the purpose of promoting broad participation in our civic and cultural life.


Here are a list of Portland FM and AM radio stations − just click here.


  • Bright Neighbor  A social networking web site that helps Portland communities thrive.
  • Burnsider  Stories and pictures from the Burnside Bridge, Portland, Oregon.  The e bloggers live near the bridge and walk across it as part of their commute every day.
  • Documented Life  Planet Earth as seen from Portland Oregon.
  • Community & Parents for Public Schools in Portland  They seek to redefine parent and community involvement in Portland Public Schools.
  • Discovering Portland  Two women flee California for Oregon to ask if Portland is the city they’ve dreamed of.
  • ElloPortland Blog  Entertainment and city events.
  • Ever Day is a Miracle  A blog about families, kids, politics and current events, travel, books, and living in Portland
  • Good Stuff Northwest  Kab is a  writer and designer who loves living in Oregon with its combination of urban style and down-home friendliness. Lots of recipes on Kab’s blog.
  • Home Ownership  A blog about the “Neighborhood Housing Program” sponsored by the Portland Development Commission.
  • The Oregonian Neighborhoods  Covers Portland metro area neighborhoods and communities.
  • Pat’s Blog  Whatever ticks Pat off or tickles his fancy: politics, news and society, music, movies, books, cooking, autism, and anything else bright and shiny in the world of ideas. And Pat does it with humor.
  • Portland Blogs  A list of bloggers who call Portland home.
  • Portland Dog Blog  For people who exercise their dog at Portland parks.
  • Portland Housing Blog  Real estate and economic discussions.
  • Portland Metblogs  Written from the perspective of people who live, work, and play in Portland every day.
  • SheSue Experience  Shelley blogs about events, restaurants, attractions, outdoor activities, curiosities and more.
  • Trimet Confidential  A bus driver’s story of life behind the wheel.
  • Upper Left Coast  Thoughts on politics, faith, sports and other random topics from a red state sympathizer in indigo-blue Portland, Oregon.
  • Walking in Portland  This blogger walks around Portland with his wife and dogs taking photos and making notes about living in Portland.

Below is a list of Portland’s ‘Top Mom (and Dad) Blogs’ as compiled by Red Tricycle:

  • Parent Hacks  A great parenting blog by Asha Dornfest, collects and publishes parents’ tips, recommendations, workarounds, and bits of wisdom -hacks (PS – Parent Hacks launched in November 2005 -the same time as Red Tricycle- and 5+ years is an eternity in the blogosphere so you know they’re doing something right!).
  • Enviro Mom  Local  “green” moms Heather and Renee, share their tips on green living. Whether you are just starting down the road to greener living or have been doing it for years, you’ll find a supportive and respectful community of like-minded souls here.
  • Urban Mamas  It’s a fun community blog where mamas gather online and share their tips, advice, reviews, ideas, fun, challenges, and more.
  • Elizabeth Now  A very delightful blog about food, family, politics, humor, musings on music, religion, nature, and more from a local mom Elizabeth’s objectives!
  • Ready Set Mom  Also by Heather and Renee from Enviro Mom, it is a great resource, active online community where moms can share and learn everything from preschools to kid friendly restaurants  in the Portland-metro area.
  • Fly Through Our Window  Darby a mom of three, give us a little glimpse of her life with recipes, crafts, renovations, daily stories and stunning pictures.
  • Cascadia Kids  Lora Shinn’s great blog helps families to find  the best kid-friendly hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops in British Columbia, Oregon and Washington.
  • Portland Family Adventures  Follow Vince Schreck and his family on beautifully photographed outdoor adventures around Portland including beaches, hikes, campgrounds and more.
  • Your Home Based Mom  26-year stay-at-home mom Leigh Anne, shares her tips, experience and wisdom with other moms.
  • Toxid-Lotus  Manda blogs about family topics, shopping, photography, gaming, sex, family, marriage and well more.

Web Sites

Now that we covered the commercial online guides, “kick back” and explore Portland with Sandy Herring, creator ofNationMaster where you will find hundreds of links to sites that give you insight into Portland’s soul − it is full of demographics information.  If you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, visit Andrew’s Home Sweet Home site.  He has some beautiful pictures of Portland as well as the Oregon coast.  If you like outdoor activities, go to Matthew Weaver’s site. Matthew tells us that he has “developed a great affinity for the amazing natural sites here and in Washington.”  Much of this Web site are “virtual tours” of his travels and mountaineering adventures in the Pacific Northwest. As a bonus, his site has tours of all 30 Major League Baseball Parks.

The Neighborhood Notes Web site launched makes it easy for neighbors to stay informed about what’s going on in our city, in our neighborhoods, on our blocks. The site connect people with resources (like civic information, local businesses and organizations, community events), and provide them with the tools to make proactive choices within our city.

  • The Neighborhood Notes homepage is populated by the most current commentary, news and events from all Portland neighborhoods.
  • The quadrant pages (NW, SW, NE, SE, N, E) are populated by the most current commentary, news and events from a specific quadrant.
  • The neighborhood pages are populated by the most current commentary, news and events for each individual neighborhood.

Here are other Web sites to explore:

  • Bookslut  Who among us has not wished for a literary concierge? Someone to tell us, “Read this, skip that”? Fortunately, there’s Bookslut to help us from wading through the drivel.
  • Kids in Portland   This site provides a resource for parents to come together and find out all of the attractions, restaurants, activities, ideas, issues, art, music, for kids in the area.
  • Made by Joel  Joel Henriques designs crafts and toys for young children but these aren’t ordinary playthings. They’re stylish, simple and − here’s the best part − easy for even the most uncrafty of parents to replicate. The site shares how-to videos, photos of his work and simple instructions for his crafts. He offers free templates of his creations, including one called Paper City, a black-and-white drawing of a skyline and figures that can be cut out and used for storytelling.
  • Oregon Fly Fishing  Fishing reports, conservation news, fishing advice, and hot fly patterns.
  • PDX.FM  In Portland, the city with quirks, fits in perfectly.
  • Portland Architecture  If you’re interested in buildings, this is the site to visit.  RSS feed and newsletter.
  • Portland Upside  A volunteer-driven publication that is dedicated to finding and printing the positive stories of the Portland, Oregon, metro area.
  • Republic of Cascadia  If we Oregonians, Washingtonians and Northern Californians were in charge, what would we do? We’d leave the United States to its own self-created woes and build Ecotopia, our independent utopian society.  Maybe British Columbia would join us.