Christine Pitawanich, KGW News

Christine Pitawanich

KGW News

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Christine:

Portland Public Schools experiencing special education paraeducator shortage

District officials hope more people apply for paraeducator positions that are crucial to providing support to teachers and helping students learn. → Read More

Hundreds attend rally in Portland supporting Iranian women's rights

There have been protests around the world for weeks after a 22-year-old woman died in Iran after being arrested for improperly wearing a head covering. → Read More

Investigators use DNA testing and forensic genealogy to crack 20-year-old cold case

In 2002 a man's body was found in Ridgefield. Thanks to scientific advancements, investigators have finally identified him and helped bring the family closure. → Read More

Judge rules Newberg school ban on political symbols is unconstitutional, ACLU reports

The school board voted to ban symbols that are considered "political, quasi-political or controversial," including Pride and Black Lives Matter flags. → Read More

West Linn women speak out about sexual abuse allegations involving former doctor

A grand jury decided not to indict a local doctor after claims of sexual abuse and misconduct. Now, alleged victims want the Oregon attorney general to step in. → Read More

Oregon STEM, nonprofit receives $500K funding boost

Oregon STEM received a $500,000 grant for its Spark Oregon initiative, using an “earn-to-learn” approach to help students learn about careers in the sciences. → Read More

Oregon wildfire survivors find housing after nearly two years of living in hotels

Stephanie Lynch and her family survived the Beachie Creek Fire in 2020. They were living from hotel to hotel for months before finding a rental in Gates. → Read More

Salem-Keizer school board meetings go virtual again after tension between groups

Superintendent Christy Perry said school board meetings will remain online until both groups find a way to be civil. → Read More

A nationwide railroad worker strike could have big consequences here in the Northwest

Some worry the extra cost associated with a rail strike will be passed down to consumers already saddled with inflation and lingering supply chain issues. → Read More

Santiam Canyon still in recovery two years after Beachie Creek Fire

Thousands of dollars are up for grabs for each homeowner or business owner depending on what fire-resistant modifications are made. → Read More

How the town of Detroit is recovering after 2020 wildfires

KGW took a tour of Detroit with the town's mayor, Jim Trett, to see what progress has been made since the Beachie Creek Fire. → Read More

Family of man shot by Hillsboro police officer considers legal action

On Monday, the Hillsboro Police Department identified the man who was shot as 20-year-old Jose Juan Aguilar-Mandujano. → Read More

State work group awarded $78 million to resolve school staffing shortage

Oregon State Senator, Michael Dembrow, said legislation passed in the last short session accomplished several things, among them, more funding for schools this year. → Read More

Soon-to-be kindergarten students get a taste of classroom life

Students in Beaverton and other school districts have been getting a seminar on how to be a kindergartener before the school year starts for a smooth transition. → Read More

Salem-Keizer School Board meeting gets heated

A recording of the board meeting documented attendees in the crowd beginning to shout at one speaker as a board member threatened to remove people who were shouting. → Read More

Short on bus drivers, Oregon school districts try to boost pay and incentives

Beaverton School District officials say they've increased pay and bus drivers get pensions as well as full benefits for family members. → Read More

Beaverton discusses whether to continue school resource officer program

A 120-page report commissioned by the city and district weighed the benefits of school resource officers from the perspective of parents, students and staff. → Read More

Community organizations prepare to keep homeless safe during heat wave

The goal this week is to spread information about cooling centers and resources while also handing out water and other supplies to people living on the street. → Read More

Salem-Keizer summer program promotes connection between students with special needs and peers

Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ Unified Summer Program is fostering connection and friendships between students who have disabilities and general education students. → Read More

Trial begins for Patriot Prayer members charged with felony riot in 2019 brawl

Joey Gibson, Mackenzie Lewis and Russell Schultz are accused of initiating a brawl with antifa members outside Cider Riot in Northeast Portland on May 1, 2019. → Read More