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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

  • Grant Hutchinson, flickr

    Bill Would Require Search Warrants For Digital Files

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Law enforcement officers need a warrant if they want to search your house. A bill in the California Legislature would require they also get one to search your email.

  • Andrea Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Some Immigrants Having Trouble Obtaining AB 60 Licenses

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    California’s A-B 60 driver licenses are designed to let undocumented immigrants in the state drive legally. But some immigrants say the licenses are proving very difficult to obtain.

  • Peter Kemmer, flickr

    State Eases Sex Offender Residency Limits

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    California is loosening its restrictions on where sex offenders can live. The move comes in response to a recent court ruling.

  • Brett Levin, flickr

    Pot Commission Releases Legalization Report

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    California voters may get to decide next year whether to legalize recreational marijuana. But a new report out today says there are several questions that should be considered first.

  • Michael Patrick, flickr

    Gatto Tries Again For Hit-And-Run Alert System

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    A California lawmaker says hit-and-runs have become a big problem in the state. He’s trying again to create a statewide hit-and-run alert system. The bill passed Assembly committee today.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Women's Caucus Prioritizes Work, Child Care Bills

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    The California Legislative Women’s Caucus has announced its priorities for the year.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Republicans Fail To Strip Fuels From AB 32

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Republicans in the California Legislature are once again calling attention to what they call a “hidden gas tax” in the state. But an effort to reverse the policy was thwarted by Democrats in an Assembly committee today.

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    Bill Requires Oversight Before School Police Get Military Equipment

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.

  • Steve Rhodes, flickr

    Affordable Housing Could Affect Larger Market

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Some elected Democrats in California are pushing for the creation of a new revenue stream to pay for affordable housing projects in the state. And how those projects get built may affect the broader housing market.

  • phalinn / Flickr

    Domestic Violence Victims Sue State

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Several domestic violence victims say California makes it too difficult to receive some welfare benefits. Now they’re suing the state. They’re challenging a rule that blocks additional aid for children born while their families are receiving welfare.