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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

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio News

    State Offering Incentives To Get Dirty Cars Off Road

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.

  • Bills Addressing Wage Gap Move Forward

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Women working full time in California make an average of 84 cents for every dollar men make. A bill unanimously approved by the state Senate Tuesday seeks to narrow that gap.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Suggestions Sought To Improve Lives of Male Minorities

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    California lawmakers are looking for ways to address some of the challenges faced by male minorities in the state.

  • Kent Kanouse, flickr

    Bill Spotlights Pregnancy Crisis Centers

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions.

  • ep_jhu, flickr

    Covered California Approves Specialty Drug Cost Caps

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The California health exchange has set monthly limits on prices consumers will pay for specialty prescription drugs.

  • Stephen Worrell, flickr

    State Drops Appeal In Coleman Prison Case

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The State of California has dropped an appeal in an ongoing court case regarding the state’s treatment of mentally ill prison inmates.

  • Andrea Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    CMA Drops Opposition To Physician Aid In Dying Bill

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The California Medical Association has changed its position on a physician aid in dying bill currently in the state Senate.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Signs International Climate Agreement

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Lauds California Community Colleges

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.

  • Kent Kanouse, flickr

    Women Make Up Half Of Brown's Political Appointees

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Organizations throughout California are working to get more women involved in politics. But running for political office may not be practical for everyone. Instead, some women are opting to pursue government appointments.