Brian Bull

Reporter & Interim News Director

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 21 years in public broadcasting, 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 three national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, and most recently the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists, and has been a guest faculty at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. He's married and has three children, and three cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here: http://capradio2017.nextgenerationradio.org/

Ways to Connect

Oregon Historical Society

Oregon’s legacy of racism - including the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as resistance against such groups - is the focus of an upcoming publication from the state historical society. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the organization is calling for articles.

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The National Park Service and Interior Department have announced $60 million in historic preservation grants to states and tribes, including Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde are celebrating the return of 16 artifacts from Europe. As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, the items are back after nearly 120 years…but aren’t home permanently.

Michele Postal

Today marks 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  A Eugene resident says she remembers that night well. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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For those of you suffering from runny, itchy noses and watery eyes in the Willamette Valley, relief is coming...though probably not soon enough. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, allergy season is underway in one of the worst spots in the world.

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The fire that destroyed the Whitsell Mill in Saginaw – south of Eugene - is 100 percent contained and poses no further threat, according to a fire official on site. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Spring. A time when many Oregonians’ thoughts turn to…fresh, locally-grown produce.  And now a state organization says there’s an app for finding the grower closest to you, even while traveling. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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With roughly 648,000 people, Portland stands as the undisputed big city in Oregon. But the runner-up isn’t as clear. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one researcher says Eugene beats Salem as second-largest city by a decent margin.

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A bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana is gaining supporters in the U.S. Senate, including two lawmakers from Oregon.

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A Loyola University psychology professor who’s worked with juvenile offenders is in Eugene today. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, James Garbarino argues there needs to be more leniency in how the justice system handles youths.

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Data hacks, compromised firewalls, and breaches in general have drawn headlines, and boosted the industry charged with safeguarding companies from these threats.  Now an expanding global cyber-security firm has opened an office in downtown Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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This week, the Springfield community marked the 20th anniversary of the Thurston School Shooting.  The tragedy preceded many technological developments, including smart phones and social media.

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Last night, nearly 200 people gathered in Springfield’s William S. Fort Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event was to mark 20 years since the Thurston School Shooting.

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Several survivors of the 1998 Thurston High School Shooting gathered with current students today at the Memorial site just off campus.

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On this day 20 years ago, one of the earliest modern-day school shootings erupted in the rural, working-class community of Springfield, Oregon.

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Thurston High School Shooting in Springfield. On May 21, 1998, freshman Kip Kinkel fatally shot two classmates, and wounded two dozen more. After Kinkel was taken into custody, police also discovered the bodies of Bill and Faith Kinkel in their rural home. Both had been shot by their son.

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Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield, when teen gunman Kip Kinkel opened fire on his classmates. Two students died and twenty-five more were wounded.  The bodies of Kinkel’s parents were found in their rural home, having been murdered by their son the night before. 

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Yesterday, we revisited the Thurston High School shooting of May 21st, 1998…which saw the deaths of two students, gunman Kip Kinkel’s parents, and the wounding of more than two dozen classmates. In today’s segment, we look at how some survivors of the bloody incident have moved on in the 20 years since.

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20 years ago this Monday, 15-year-old Kipland "Kip" Kinkel peppered the Thurston High School cafeteria with bullets, after wounding two students in a breezeway moments before. When he paused to reload, a group of classmates tackled him to the ground, holding him until authorities arrived.  Police later found Kinkel's parents, Bill and Faith, dead in their rural Springfield home. In all, four people were killed and more than two dozen wounded from what has come to be called the Thurston School Shooting. 

Betina Lynn

Next Monday marks 20 years since Kip Kinkel - a high school student in Springfield -- opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding twenty-five others.  Adding to the death toll were Kinkel’s parents, both shot dead by their son the night before.  The Thurston High incident was one of the earliest modern-day school shootings, preceding Columbine by nearly a year. KLCC’s Brian Bull revisits the tragedy. 

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Kip Kinkel’s attorney says he’s disappointed by today’s Oregon Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his client’s 112-year sentence.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there’s a few more recourses Kinkel’s defense may pursue.

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This weekend marks the golden anniversary of a major cultural event at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the 50th Annual Mother’s Day Pow-Wow is also expected to receive special recognition.

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The Oregon Supreme Court says that a mass shooter’s 112-year sentence does not violate his constitutional rights. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the ruling comes as the 20th anniversary nears for the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield.

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Friday morning, a Native American blessing ceremony will be held at the University of Oregon’s Straub Hall.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s for art commissioned to commemorate an out-of-this world object.

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A University of Oregon graduate turned acclaimed cinematographer is back at his alma mater. Jake Swantko – who filmed the Oscar-winning documentary “Icarus” -- is talking about his craft as well as the importance of journalism. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Earlier this week, we reported on several deer found illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area of southwest Oregon.

City of Eugene

Construction is underway on the Jessen Path in West Eugene. The mile-and-a-half long concrete path will run along the southern edge of Golden Gardens Park, and north of Jessen Drive.

Backers of a public safety measure say improved law enforcement and corrections services will come to Lincoln County, if voters approve it. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Two – possibly three deer – have been reported in the Shady Cove area of Jackson County with arrows protruding from their bodies. One deer has an arrow shot through its head.

Sarah Espinoza

This week marks the 40th anniversary of “Take Back the Night”.  The event highlights awareness and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.  And the University of Oregon is working to be inclusive of different cultures affected by the issue.

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