Top 10 KGW YouTube Videos in 2021


Here are our top 10 YouTube videos that you found most worth watching this year.

PORTLAND, Oregon — As 2021 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at our most-watched YouTube videos this year.

ten. Security video shows Oregon lawmaker opening door to state capitol, letting protesters inside
Date published: January 8, 2021
Views : 65,000+
Security footage from the Oregon State Capitol building shows Republican Representative Mike Nearman leaving far-right protesters to take part in a one-day special session held in December. Oregon State Police opened an investigation into the incident which resulted in Nearman being removed from his representative role and pleading guilty to criminal misconduct. He received 18 months probation. You can find out more at

9. Chance to see Northern Lights in PNW this weekend
Date published: October 29, 2021
Views : 70,000+
The eruption of a massive solar flare in October has the potential to trigger a geomagnetic storm strong enough to make the Northern Lights visible in Oregon and California. Unfortunately, most of Oregon saw cloudy skies the night of the big event.

8. Oregon brothers arrested on federal charges in connection to deadly riot at US Capitol
Date published: March 24, 2021
Views : 77,000+
Two brothers from Oregon have been arrested and charged with a litany of crimes for participating in the deadly United States Capitol riot and uprising on January 6. Learn more at

7. Proud Boys, Antifa Clash in Northeast Portland
Date published: August 22, 2021
Views : 86,000+
After meeting at separate events, the far-right hate group Proud Boys and the far-left Antifa clashed violently in downtown Portland. A look at the scene showed the use of explosive devices, some resembling fireworks, and others, as well as destruction and violence between the two groups. You can find out more at

6.Beaverton school lunch worker helps get special cart for student with dwarfism
Date published: October 28, 2021
Views : 100,000+
It’s a heartwarming story you’ll want to see if you haven’t already. Julian Worsham, 6, suffers from dwarfism and used a kind of ramshackle cart to transport his lunch tray to school. A lunch worker saw the little boy’s cart and thought he deserved something special. She asked her husband to make Julian a one-of-a-kind cart so he could have lunch in style. You can find out more at

5. Portland rivers expected to rise several feet due to high tides
Date published: November 5, 2021
Views : 198,000+
High tides occur when the moon is closest to the earth and when the earth is closest to the sun. All celestial bodies were perfectly aligned to see a royal tide. It can cause big waves on the coast as well as the swelling of rivers. You can find out more at

4. Portland is ransacked. What is the solution to clean it?
Date published: January 29, 2021
Views : 214,000+
Portland has a waste problem. In early 2021, The Story looked at the amount of litter picked up on the streets of Portland and it turns out Portland was on track to pick up more litter than ever before. However, if you asked the people of Portland, they would say they couldn’t tell. A Facebook appeal by KGW garnered hundreds of responses from people calling out problem areas littered with trash around the city. You can find out more at

3. Impact of a single homeless camp: $18,347 in cleanup, a thousand complaints and endless conflict
Date published: September 1, 2021
Views : 266,000+
KGW spoke with neighbors, businesses and homeless people to better understand the widespread impact of a homeless camp. You can find out more at

2. Massive ‘dead zone’ forms off Oregon, Washington
Date published: July 22, 2021
Views : 230,000+
A huge dead zone off the coasts of Washington and Oregon is much larger and closer to shore than researchers had expected. KGW spoke to a marine ecologist from Oregon State University who measures oxygen in the water to track the dead zone. You can find out more at

1. Overwhelmed: Inside Oregon’s intensive care units
Date published: August 26, 2021
Views : 280,000+
The delta variant has swept through Oregon, causing a surge in the number of COVID cases and record hospitalizations. This has pushed Oregon hospitals to the brink. KGW walked into two Oregon intensive care units, one in Bend and the other in Portland, to glimpse the grim realities facing healthcare workers, a tidal wave of younger patients and sicker without enough hands or space to care for them. You can find out more at

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Destiny Johnson is a digital journalist at KGW. She hosts a YouTube Nerd News show and often writes about crime. You can follow her on Twitter at @hello_destiny.


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