Courtney Vaughn

Courtney Vaughn

Courtney Vaughn is the news editor at the Portland Mercury. She appreciates your news tips and musings. Reach out at or on Twitter.

Recent Articles

Rene Gonzalez Announces Bid For Portland Mayor

Known for his conservative policies, Gonzalez is the second on council to announce a 2024 mayoral campaign.

Update: Isaac Seavey, 27, Was Victim in Fatal Police Shooting in Northeast Portland

After recent policy changes, public access to details about the third deadly PPB shooting this year could be delayed for weeks.

Dan Ryan Rules Out Running for Portland Mayor

The city commissioner will decide whether to run for a council district by late January, as speculation swirls over who might challenge Mingus Mapps in 2024 race.

News Dec 1 3:48 PM

Officers Who Shot Legacy Hospital Suspect Cleared By Grand Jury

Three Portland officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man suspected of killing a Legacy Good Samaritan security guard in July won't face criminal charges.

News Nov 30 9:30 AM

A Decade After Federal Directives, Portland Police Will Start Using Body Cameras Full-Time

Axon lobbied city staff years before City Council approved a $2.6 million contract with the company

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City Council Race 2024 Nov 21 1:07 PM

Portland 2024 Mayoral Candidates

Here's who wants to be Portland's next mayor.

City Council Race 2024 Nov 21 12:54 PM

Portland City Council Candidates: District 4

These candidates are running in the district composed of Portland's west side and some Southeast neighborhoods.

City Council Race 2024 Nov 21 12:52 PM

Portland City Council Candidates: District 3

These candidates are running in the district located mostly in inner Southeast Portland.

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News Nov 17 8:34 AM

City Council Watered Down Police Oversight Approved by Voters, Advisory Group Says

Members of Portland's Police Accountability Commission lambast city's proposed code revisions, which now call for police to help shape oversight board.

News Nov 15 11:05 AM

Portland City Council Says Au Revoir to Meetings at City Hall Until 2025

Amid remodel of council chambers, councilors will meet virtually until January, when in-person meetings resume at city's 1900 Building.

Holiday Guide 2023 Nov 15 3:52 AM

Clocking In for Christmas

Dispatches from job sites that don’t shut down for the holidays.

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News Nov 7 4:39 PM

DOJ Wants Independent Monitor to Watch Over Portland Police

The independent monitor would oversee practices and training for Portland Police following years of bureau missteps.

News Nov 3 3:46 PM

City Council Won’t Let Go of Bureau Control as Charter Reform Transition Continues

In the race to implement government changes, commissioners break with the mayor over a timeline for bringing in deputy city administrators.

News Oct 31 8:39 AM

Portland Will Begin Enforcing Daytime Homeless Camping Restrictions in Mid-November

As mayor calls for more cops downtown, a controversial camping ban is about to be tested.

News Oct 26 10:58 AM

Oregon’s New Fentanyl Law Paves the Way For Increased Drug Arrests

Shortly after the governor ordered state troopers to help patrol downtown Portland, police report multi-agency fentanyl bust.

News Oct 19 5:15 PM

Legacy Health Security Guards Tackled, Tased Man While Pointing Weapon at Bystanders

Amid heightened security following the death of a hospital guard, officers at Legacy Emanuel tased and arrested a man, alleging assault.

Oct 16 5:10 PM

City Faces Potential Lawsuit Over 2022 Police Killing of Unarmed Man

Immanueal Clark-Johnson was shot by a Portland cop after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. His family is seeking a settlement with the city.

News Oct 10 8:07 PM

A Low-Income Housing Complex Was Lauded as a Model for Pulling People Out of Homelessness. Three Years Later, Tenants Are Fleeing.

Residents at Argyle Gardens in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood report neglect, rampant theft, and habitability issues. Some are now back in shelters.