Brian Bull

Reporter / Announcer

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/

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More than two dozen large wildfires are burning across Oregon.  This has raised concerns that large animals, namely bears, may come into areas where people live to forage before hibernation season.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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A new competition is offering $10,000 for start-up businesses in Cottage Grove. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains. 

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Beginning Friday, the Umpqua National Forest -and lands under the Douglas Forest Protective Association- will be at Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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People troubled by the destruction and suffering caused by the Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern Oregon -- and Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- can help. 

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50 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua North Complex has burned about 21,000 acres.  It’s a large and difficult series of fires for crews to battle.  

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Southwest of Roseburg, crews continue to fight the Horse Prairie Fire, which has burned more than 2,500 acres.  This afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff issued a Level 3 "GO" evacuation notice for residents in the Riddle community near Lower Cow Creek. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Roughly 20 wildfires are burning across Oregon, including the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings, which has destroyed more than 117,000 acres.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the fire remains uncontained.  

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Low-income Oregonians who’ve had their home destroyed by wildfires might be able to get financial help.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Prior to Monday’s solar eclipse, we talked to an Oregon State University researcher about how the event might affect the world’s largest mass migration. KLCC’s Brian Bull has an update. 

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Among the countless millions of people who viewed yesterday’s solar eclipse, were firefighters across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, suppression efforts in Oregon were actually helped by the event. 

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The 2017 solar eclipse has come and gone, capping off months of hype and anticipation.  In Eugene, people had a view of a little more than 99 percent of totality. KLCC reporters Brian Bull and Franziska Monahan spoke with eclipse watchers around town.


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As the moment of the total solar eclipse approaches this morning people are gathering to watch the moon pass over the sun. While thousands are in the path of totality, Eugene is expected to experience more than 99 percent totality. KLCC’s Brian Bull climbed Spencer’s Butte early this morning to get a good view.

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Monday's solar eclipse is drawing crowds to many public areas, including parks.  So Lane County officials are asking locals and visitors alike to “pack it in and pack it out”, so excess garbage and waste is kept to a minimum. 

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While millions of people will be looking up to witness the solar eclipse this Monday, some will be monitoring the ocean for its effects on what an Oregon researcher calls the “largest mass migration on the planet”, among other things.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Millions of people are expected to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, and many will opt to watch from the Oregon Coast.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials urge caution near the ocean.  

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As of Tuesday afternoon, crews are tackling 15 wildfires across Oregon.   That’s according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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Railroad advocates honored Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio today for his work in supporting rail transportation and infrastructure improvement.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Congressman Peter DeFazio has harsh words for the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville this past weekend.

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An animal safety group has donated some special kits to the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re to ensure pets are cared for at disaster scenes. 

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Summer means camping, which can bring up images of drooping tents, wet sleeping bags, and swarms of mosquitos. But many campsite owners are offering amenities to make the experience more comfy, even luxurious.  And while critics say “glamping” defeats the purpose of getting away from it all, others say the trend has always been around.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visits some glamp sites in Oregon.  

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The University of Oregon has hired a Nobel laureate in physics, to join their faculty this fall.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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This week, signage is going up all over Lane County parks, reminding people of the tobacco ban that went into effect this year.  

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Earlier this year, the Oregon Country Fair axed plans to display the Story Pole…a 36-foot tall wooden carving done in a distinctive, Native American style.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, its fate is still being decided.  

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Six wildfires are currently burning away in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, fire officials want people to be extra careful given some changing factors.

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The recent sighting of a mama bear and her three cubs near Lane Community College’s main campus has officials urging caution.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there is conflicting advice on how to handle a bear encounter.   

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Summer brings crowds to the coast to swim and surf.  And inevitably, fears of shark attacks surface, buoyed by media reports and events like “Shark Week” on cable TV.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, despite recent sightings like those at Cannon Beach last week, most of the fear is overhyped.  

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It’s been more than a decade since White-Nose Syndrome began ravaging bat populations across the East Coast. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given out more than a million dollars in grants to 37 states, to monitor and study the fungal disease. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this now includes the Pacific Northwest.  

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Fair housing advocates are offering down payment assistance loans to 100 first-time home buyers in Oregon.

NEDCO, Community Lending Works, and Willamette Neighborhood Services call it Project Reinvest Down Payment Assistance. 

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The Marcola School District is removing all traces of its old “Mohawk Indians” mascot.  Nowhere is that more evident than inside the high school gymnasium.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A former Eugene mayor turned entrepreneur is at it again. Brian Obie is launching a new venture, that he hopes will cement his place as a hospitality magnate. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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