Inside Washington County With Rob Solomon

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Airs at: Wed, 04/29/2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am
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Inside Washington County with Rob Solomon is an interview series designed to bring Washington County residents the information they need to fully engage with issues in their community. Like other counties in the Metro area, we have our own issues and concerns separate from those in Portland.

We interview community leaders, providers of services, community advocates, and others to bring you information you can use. You’ll hear from the decision makers in government, politicians, and advocates striving for change. You’ll learn about programs and activities.

Tune in to the interviews, tune in to your community!

Founder Rob Solomon

Rob’s leadership skills and distinguished history of public service in Oregon include the following in Washington County:

  • Chair of Beaverton’s Human Rights Commission (2006 to 2012)
  • Chair of Washington County Human Rights Council (2013 to 2016)
  • President, Washington County Public Affairs Forum (2014 to 2019)
  • Candidate for Beaverton City Council in 2012

As an instructor over the past two decades, Rob taught courses in psychology, office politics, and self help at South Puget Sound Community College, Mount Hood Community College, Portland Community College, and Marylhurst University. As a licensed mental health counselor for over 30 years, Rob worked in private practice and also provided his professional services to business clients.

In addition to presiding over the Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Rob has moderated public debates. Most recently, the League of Women Voters and the Washington County Public Affairs Forum enlisted Rob to lead the debate among candidates for seats on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.


Producer Rick Paulson

Rick brings a combination of skills to the Producer role for Inside Washington County with Rob Solomon. In addition to experience as a program director in FM radio, his recent activities include blog editor, website designer, and media consultant for local political campaigns. Since retiring from an 11-year career in Information Architecture at Intel Corporation, he has used his professional experience in supporting local non-profit organizations in his hometown of Hillsboro. His personal interests include the “Jeopardy!” challenges on TV, the New York Times Weekly Quizzes, and Ken Burns documentary films.

Shawna Muckle

We are pleased to introduce Shawna Muckle, the newest member of our Inside Washington County Team! Shawna is a senior at Jesuit High School and the Chief Editor of her school’s newspaper, The Jesuit Chronicle. She also writes and edits for Cedar Mill News, a local newspaper targeted towards the Cedar Mill neighborhood. Her writing typically focuses on local and national politics from a student-oriented lens. Beyond her journalism career, Shawna is a member of her school’s national award-winning Ethics Bowl team, a debate-style competition that tackles the ethics surrounding topical issues. She’s very excited to contribute as an intern for Inside Washington County.



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Affordable Housing and Homelessness Part 2

Airs at: Wed, 02/12/2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am
This week’s interview is Part 2 on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, where Rob’s conversation with Cole Merkel, Cadence Petros, and Nathan Teske is focused on homelessness.   Cole Merkel is the Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement at Here Together, a Portland-bas... Read more

Affordable Housing and Homelessness Part 1

Airs at: Wed, 02/05/2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am
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Cole Merkel is the Deputy Director of Outreach and Engagement at Here Together, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps find solutions for the systemic crises of homelessness, including issues of housing affordability and equity. He previously served as the vendor program dir... Read more

Rob Solomon Interviews Elizabeth Furse

Airs at: Wed, 01/29/2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am
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Elizabeth Furse is a former member of the United States Congress from Oregon’s First District. She served three terms from 1992 to 1998. Since 1998 she has worked with national tribal leaders to establish the Institute for Tribal Government in the Mark O. Hatfield School of... Read more

Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik

Airs at: Wed, 01/22/2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am
Mayor Frank Bubenik was elected to the Tualatin City Council in November of 2010 and re-elected in November 2014. In 2018 he was elected mayor, taking office in January 2019. Mayor Bubenik is committed to the safety of Tualatin’s varied neighborhoods, understands the econom... Read more