About Natalie

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Oregon, as well as the lead for the newspaper’s Salem Storytellers Project.

She is also the author of the children’s book Bandito the Puppito Dreams of a Home/Bandito el Perrito Sueña con un Hogar, released summer of 2020. The book donates 100% of its profits to Born Again Pit Bull Rescue.

Born and raised in Colorado, Natalie moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University where she earned her B.A. in Politics and French and 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, but also seeks to highlight stories of students, families, educators and other community members.

Natalie covers preK-12 schools, higher ed institutions and education-related policies at the Oregon State Capitol. She largely focuses on Salem-Keizer Public Schools — the second largest district in the state — and frequently covers how subjects such as disability rights, immigration, race, equity, homelessness and mental health intersect with education.

Natalie cares deeply about journalistic ethics and the importance of transparency with readers. She is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, as well as the Education Writers Association. She’s published stories and essays with such outlets as Ozy, USA Today and the Associated Press.

Natalie has received awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and Oregon Newspapers Foundation for educational coverage. In 2018, she received an award within the USA Today Network 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 or teaching dance. She volunteers regularly with SMART Reading and Fences for Fido.

She loves exploring the outdoors, reading and writing for fun, learning new languages, traveling, playing her guitar and spending time with her family, friends, husband 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.

To stay updated on Natalie’s reporting, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist or follow her on Twitter @Nataliempate.

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8 thoughts on “About Natalie

  1. Natalie Pate….YOU ROCK!!! Thanks for always looking out for the UNDERDOG… your reports on HOMELESS YOUTHS in SALEM really really opened EYES!!!!!


  2. I will not support a teacher raise til PERS is fixed. I agree with Phil Knight that we are going broke and too many self servicing policies in place. Add more money wouldn’t improve graduation rate ! Leadership would and we don’t have it !!


  3. Just for consideration.

    A large increase in the state school budget has been proposed. My 2-part question is: Is there an actual plan to justify the increase, or does the plan have to follow the funding? Secondly, what quantified results are being promised for 2 billion dollars?


    1. Hey, Wallace. Apologies for the delay. As I’m sure you’ve seen, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Student Success has released its policy recommendations and funding plan via HB 3427. They have an accountability structure factored in, outlining what they expect to change in Oregon’s education system, should they make the investment. If you still have questions, let me know!


  4. May 8 is not a strike, it is a walkout. They are two different things. It is irresponsible and damaging to the movement to call it a strike.


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