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.

News Apr 20 4:41 PM

Urban Alchemy Given $50 million, 5-Year Contract to Manage Portland Shelter Sites

City Council gives unanimous approval—despite doubts and concerns over organization's track record.

News Apr 19 5:48 PM

How a Routine City Budget Review Forced Portland Leaders to Face Their Commitment to Social Justice

Despite Commissioner Mapps' prior proposal to divert funds, Portland City Council will keep cannabis dollars flowing to a Black-led organization.

News Apr 18 9:22 PM

Normandale Park Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison

"I will not let you look away": Survivors recount horror of 2022 shooting during sentencing hearing for Benjamin Smith.

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News Apr 14 9:18 PM

Students Walk Out Over Alleged Treatment of Black Teachers at North Portland Middle School

Concerns have also been raised over alleged inappropriate behavior by Ockley Green’s vice principal

News Apr 12 9:29 PM

Downtown Portland Fentanyl Den Gets Boarded Up After Police, Firefighters Swarm Property

Abandoned Washington Center commercial property became a haven for squatters and drug sales.

News Apr 11 7:35 PM

UPDATE: Son of Man Killed by Portland Police Calls for Increased Transparency

Robert Delgado was unhoused and in mental crisis when he was shot with an AR-15 in Lents Park. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

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News Apr 6 7:50 AM

City Council Okays $80K for New Police Drone Program

Portland Police will launch a new pilot program using drones to surveil crash scenes, bomb threats, and armed suspects—though critics worry the devices could be also be used to violate civil rights.

News Apr 5 2:30 PM

New Affordable Housing Complex Provides Alternative to Tent Cities

Hattie Redmond apartments in North Portland billed as model for housing done right.

News Apr 4 5:55 PM

Five Months Down, 20 to Go: Checking In on Portland’s Charter Reform Makeover

Portland will need a city manager, voting district maps, retooled software for ranked-choice elections, and much more. Can it all be accomplished by November 2024?

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Transportation Mar 27 12:35 PM

TriMet Wants to Fix its Most Unreliable Bus Line, While Making Routes Safer for Students

Changes to Line 70 would reduce Cleveland High School students crossing Powell Boulevard.

News Mar 22 11:29 AM

Oregon Legislators Aim to Reduce Waste With New Reusable Takeout Container Rules

Senate Bill 545 could curb landfill waste by allowing customers to bring reusable boxes to restaurants.

News Mar 17 1:43 PM

After Years of Financial Mismanagement, Embattled Neighborhood Group Is Asking Portland For More Funding

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. is looking to turn over a new leaf, but critics say no meaningful change has been made.