Meet Natalie

headshotNatalie 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 works to hold 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 published stories and essays with such outlets as Ozy, USA Today and the Associated Press. In her first three years at the Statesman Journal, she wrote more than 1,000 articles.

Natalie photographed on Oct. 31, 2018, in a classroom at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Credit: Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

In 2018, Natalie received an award from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and Oregon Newspapers Foundation for educational coverage, as well as an award within USA Today for coverage by Natalie and co-workers Connor Radnovich and Capi Lynn on Salem’s homeless crisis.

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 and writing, traveling, playing her guitar and spending time with her family, friends, fiancé 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

To stay updated on Natalie’s reporting, like her on Facebook at or follow her on Twitter @Nataliempate.

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