Sam Stites

Sam Stites

Sam Stites is a freelance reporter based in Portland. His emphasis is on state government and politics. A graduate of the University of Oregon, his work has appeared in news outlets throughout the state including OPB, The Oregonian, Pamplin Media, The Salem Reporter and EO Media.

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State lawmakers prepare proposals to improve children mental health care

By: - August 16, 2022

Oregon lawmakers are working on bills ahead of the 2023 legislative session to help the tens of thousands of children who are suffering with mental health issues.  State Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, who leads the Senate mental health committee, told the Capital Chronicle she’s working on legislation to improve access to mental health services by […]

Nearly half of Oregon’s inmate population included in first class action suit of its kind

By: - July 22, 2022

A federal lawsuit involving current or former Oregon inmates infected with Covid, including one who died, is moving forward with notification of nearly half of the state’s prison population of their inclusion in the class-action suit. The U.S. District Court in Eugene certified the class-action status of the suit in April. Since then, an administrator […]