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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr came to Capital Public Radio from KPBS in San Diego, where she covered City Hall for four years. She has also worked at public radio stations in Indiana and Ohio. Her work has been heard on NPR and on The California Report. She has been recognized by several chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists for her work. She is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

Katie has a passion for political reporting which developed while covering the 2008 presidential campaign in the swing state of Ohio. She has since covered city council and mayoral elections as well as numerous policy issues, which she actually finds really interesting! Katie is in the process of earning her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Katie is very excited to be covering the California legislature for Capital Public Radio and cannot wait to see what stories come up on her beat.

    Stories by Katie Orr

  • if8, flickr

    Brown Says Water Rights Changes Coming

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.

  • Herry Lawford, flickr

    Brown Quiet On Undocumented Health Care Bill

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown has declined to say whether he supports a bill that would extend Medi-Cal to some undocumented immigrants in California.

  • CalPERS

    California Likely To Increase Retirement Contributions

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    California taxpayers will likely be contributing more money to the state’s retirement system.

  • Utility, Inc., flickr

    Assembly Debates Police Body Cameras

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Police body cameras have the potential to provide more information about law enforcement interactions with the public. And today a California Assembly committee considered when police should be allowed to review the video they've taken.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Women Rally For Equal Pay

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Women across the nation earn less on average than to men. Supporters of equal pay for equal work are rallying around California and the country to close the wage gap Tuesday.

  • Andrea Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Latino Leaders Call For District Based Elections

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Latino leaders in the state Legislature are backing a bill that would require some California cities to hold district based municipal elections, rather than at-large elections.

  • Andrea Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    California Revenues Strong In March

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    California’s General Fund finances remained strong in March.

  • Paul Vincent, flickr

    Republicans Propose New Gas Tax Amendment

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Republicans in the California Senate have introduced a Constitutional amendment designed to assure more money for the state’s infrastructure.

  • Peter Thoeny, flickr

    Tensions Appear Amidst Dwindling Water Supply

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown says it’s time for California to pull together to get through the drought. It’s a message aimed at people with competing water needs. And that’s created some tension.

  • Committee Passes Bill To Boost State University Funding To Avoid Tuition Increase

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    California lawmakers say they’ll try to give more money to the state’s universities in an effort to avoid tuition increases. A bill to do just that was unanimously approved by the Senate education committee Wednesday.