Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon.
Born and raised in Colorado, Natalie moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Politics and French/Francophone Studies. She lived briefly in Washington, D.C. in 2014 before returning to the Pacific Northwest and began reporting for the Statesman Journal in 2015.
As a watchdog reporter, Natalie holds educational leaders and institutions accountable, covering nine preK-12 school districts, four higher ed institutions and education-related policy at the Oregon State Capitol. She frequently covers how subjects such as disability rights, immigration, race and equity, homelessness and mental health intersect with schools.
Natalie has written stories and essays for such publications as Ozy, USA Today and the Associated Press. In her first three years at the Statesman Journal, she has written more than 1,000 articles.
In her free time, Natalie can be found performing with local theatre and dance companies, volunteering with Start Making a Reader Today and Fences for Fido, exploring the outdoors, reading, traveling, playing her guitar and spending time with her family, friends and furry companions.
Her website includes some of her news articles and photographs, as well as academic writings, personal essays and more. Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.