Two journalists hit with projectiles while covering a pro-Trump caravan in Portland

August 29, 2020
Two journalists were hit with less-lethal munitions while covering a pro-Trump caravan that went through downtown Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 29, 2020.Mike Baker, Seattle bureau chief for The New York Times, and Cory Elia, an editor at Village Portland and host of a KBOO podcast, were hit with projectiles that they identified as paintballs.The journalists were covering the “Trump cruise rally,” which began at the Clackamas Town Center parking lot, about nine miles outside of Portland. Trump supporters were met …

Federal agent hits New York Times reporter in the head while he was covering Portland protest

July 21, 2020
Mike Baker, Seattle bureau chief for The New York Times, was struck in the head by a federal officer while covering protests in Portland, Oregon, in the early hours of July 21, 2020.Baker was covering one of the many protests that broke out in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the May 25 death of George Floyd. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is documenting assaults, arrests and other incidents involving journalists covering …