Rebecca Robinson

Freelance writer

I'm a generalist who has written in depth about crime, education, healthcare, social entrepreneurs, California's prisons, state and federal medical marijuana laws, and homelessness, among many other topics.

Awards received include: First Place, General Excellence (shared), California Newspaper Publishers Association (2011); Outstanding Talk Show, Alliance for Women in Media (2010); First Place, Public Affairs Journalism (shared), Associated Press Broadcasters Competition (2010); Second Place, Social Issues Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon/Southwest Washington chapter (2009).



Soldiering On
Monterey County vets struggle with civilian life, but new projects promise help and hope.
The Great Uncrowding
More than 30,000 state prisoners will shift from state to county control starting Oct. 1— including 300-plus headed to Monterey County. What happens next is anybody’s guess.
Tricks of the Trade
Undocumented women servicing field workers, streetwalkers in seedy motels, high-end flesh sold at high-end events: sex sells in Monterey County.
A Hazy Future
From the feds to the county, the confusion surrounding medical marijuana laws is enough to drive a girl to get stoned.
North Precinct: After the fall
“What I hear from [Portland Police Bureau] officers is, ‘we’ve never been stretched so thin,'" says Neighborhood Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Wells. "How do we do more with...
Motel Limbo
Portland's motels hide a troubling side of homelessness.
Are We Stimulated Yet?
Portland is on track to receive $4 million for rapid rehousing of people affected by the recession. But the city has yet to hear what regulations apply on how that money can be...
To Serve the Present Age
As some churches look to revive their congregations, the emergent church movement draws young Christians in droves.


The Forefront of Cardiology
It's been half a century since Albert Starr co-invented and implanted the world's first artificial heart valve, but the impact of his medical milestone is still being felt today.
A Moveable Feast
What does it take to run a food cart? Is there fierce competition with other carts - or nearby restaurants?
Sizing Up Your Genes
Have you elected to use genetic testing? If so, why? What was your experience?
DNA Evidence and Eyewitness Testimony
New evidence produced through post-conviction DNA testing has led to over 200 exonerations nationwide, and has cast a spotlight on the flaws in eyewitness testimony and visual...
The Ethics of Egg Donation
Are all eggs created equal, or should people pay more for "better" genes?
The Future of Journalism
What do you see as the future of news? Is print media dying, or is it merely in a state of transition?

Social Entrepreneurship

Andrew Rasiej on Technology as a New Ecology
Rasiej sat down with Dowser to talk about going head-to-head with Rudy Giuliani, getting stuck on a ski lift with a senator, and other adventures on the road to founding a...
BSR's Aron Cramer on how to build a global network of responsible corporations
Financial and social profits don’t always go hand-in-hand; many view the two as antithetical. Aron Cramer has made a career out of upending this notion.
The Wisdom (and Danger) of Crowds
Crowdsourcing is an inherently inclusive approach and it allows organizations to engage throngs of aficionados. However, it has its pitfalls.
Crowdsourcing for ColaLife: How the Internet revived a life-saving idea
During a stint with Britain's aid program in Zambia, Simon Berry had an idea: What if Coke’s distribution channels could be used to deliver oral rehydration salts to developing...
A Shared Space Age: Coworking from Canada to Cincinatti
Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation is one of many new coworking spaces that strive to bring together members of the creative class under one roof.


Advocates press for further reform at Oregon State Hospital
Matthew Kirby has seen things he’d rather forget during his stay at the Oregon State Hospital (OSH). These days, though, he has reason for hope.
Help With Health
County clinics, health departments team up to address Latino health disparities.
Co-Chairs' Budget Concerns Human Services Stakeholders
The Human Services Coalition of Oregon submitted a letter to the legislature Wednesday offering cautionary recommendations to lawmakers preparing to slash services.
Multiethnic Coalition Pushes Cultural Competency Bill
Senate Bill 97 would require continuing education in cultural competency as part of the licensure process for the state’s medical professionals.
Community Health and Consumer Advocates Oppose Exchange Bill
The latest amendments to Oregon’s health exchange legislation have incensed many of the bill’s former supporters.


Pixel Porn
How an IP address led to an international child porn investigation

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