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Per Pandemic Protocols, Senator Wyden Takes His Town Hall Format To The Virtual Realm

Brian Bull

The age of COVID-19 has greatly altered how politicians interact with their constituents.  Hand shaking, baby kissing, and face-to-face chats aren’t within pandemic protocols.

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says now he’ll hold his first-ever virtual town hall this Friday.  He says it’s important to hear how Oregonians are coping with the pandemic, and hopes people participate.

“Oregonians know that I made a pledge to have open to all, town hall meetings in every county.  We’ve had 970 of those.  It is going to be different, and I hope that this is not a regular feature of the way in which you advocate for folks at home.”

The live, online town hall with Senator Wyden is Friday at 10:30 AM.  He especially wants to hear from front-line healthcare workers, people who’ve recently lost their jobs, and those who’ve experienced COVID-19 in their family.  Oregonians who wish to join the event  are asked to fill out this form. And anybody wanting to watch the town hall can go to https://www.facebook.com/TownHallProject/posts/2560590620862367.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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