Bill Graves


I have worked as a daily newspaper journalist for 30 years, the last 20 at The Oregonian. I covered education most of that time, but in the last five years I also have been covering other social issues, including gay rights, health care, poverty and high-interest consumer lending. More recently, I have been covering health care and higher education. I co-authored a book on education reform called “Poisoned Apple,” published in 1996, and I served as president of the Education Writers Association from 1997 through 1999. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., in 1972, and a Master’s degree in English at Western Washington State University in Bellingham, Wash., in 1976. I am 60, and my wife, Karin, and I have have three grown children.


    The fifth and final story in my series, "Invisible Nations, Enduring Ills," on health disparities affecting Native Americans in the Portland area ran today on the front page of The Sunday Oregonian. Today's story focuses on the dramatic success and efficiency of an innovative Native American health organization in Anchorage, Alaska, called...

Candida KingBird, 38, has lived a decade with diabetes and has five children, the last of whom nearly died from problems related to the disease after a cesarean section. The fourth part of my series on health disparities affecting Native Americans in Portland, Ore., tracks her journey through a difficulty, risky sixth pregnancy.

From the start, I decided I would take as much time as I possibly could – that is the whole year – to complete my project on health disparities affecting Native Americans in the Portland area. I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could not only about Native health, but also about Native cultures.

<p>Native Americans have the highest diabetes rate among all racial and ethnic groups in America and offer a preview of where the rest of the country is headed. They also have found ways to keep the disease at bay.&nbsp;</p>