Alex Zielinski

Alex Zielinski

Alex Zielinski is a former News Editor for the Portland Mercury. She's here to tell stories about economic inequities, cops, civil rights, and weird city politics that you should probably be paying attention to.

Recent Articles

News Dec 28 12:55 PM

Q&A: Commissioner Rubio on Her First Two Years in Office and Her Role on a New City Council

In January, Rubio will be the most progressive member on Portland City Council. What does that mean to her?

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2022 News in Review Dec 22 4:10 AM

Portland Wrapped, 2022

A data-driven look back at the year's top news stories.

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News Dec 15 9:00 AM

Portland Street Response Sees 700 Percent Increase In Workload After Citywide Expansion

The latest report on the first response team exposes weak spots in the rapidly expanding program.

News Dec 14 1:16 PM

How a California Nonprofit Has Shaped City Council's Homeless Encampment Plan

Email records shows how input from an out-of-state organization took precedent over local expertise.

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News Dec 9 2:17 PM

PPB Changes Policy On When It Releases Officers' Names After Shootings

The change comes months after the bureau stopped following the original policy.

News Dec 8 11:00 AM

Black Portlanders File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against City and Legacy Emanuel Hospital Over 1970s Displacement

The plaintiffs allege the city and hospital conspired against their families due to the color of their skin.

News Dec 6 1:47 PM

Workers at Homeless Nonprofit New Avenues for Youth Announce Union Drive

Organizers cite low pay, limited time off, and lack of board representation as their main concerns.

News Dec 2 12:14 PM

Q&A: Small Business Advocate Ashley Henry on How City Money Goes Into the Pockets of the PBA

Henry says city dollars are directly subsidizing the work and the political views of the powerful lobbying group.

News Nov 30 12:30 PM

City Council Passes $27 Million Budget Package to Fund Homeless Encampment Plan

According to the county, the budget package requires cuts that could lead to at least two current homeless shelters shuttering within the year—and the elimination of rent assistance programs.

Cops Nov 29 11:22 AM

City Agrees to End the Use of "Flash-Bang" Grenades in Settlement With Don't Shoot Portland

The settlement also includes a $250,001 payout to plaintiffs.