Not Portlandia

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

I wanted to write a story about a different Portland – not the hip, popular Portland of overpriced artisan lattes and overgrown facial hair, but the hidden part of town where immigrants, refugees and low income people live: East Portland. I have rented in East Portland for several years now and have watched it change and grow into a mix of Mexican, …

Flooded villages

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

This is one of the rare long-form stories that I’ve written at the AP. I worked with AP’s features editor and features photo editor to bring it together. To me, it’s an essential tale of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a story about this region’s history and its making, the area’s principal characteristics (the river, salmon, dams, hydropower), and the legacy of bad …