Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with an AA in 2006. Shortly after, he moved to Eugene and continued his education at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. He started working as a volunteer at KLCC in 2011 and graduated with a BS later that year.

Desmond plays the Great Highland Bagpipe and is Pipe Major of the Eugene Highlanders. He has been playing since he was 12.

Other interests include skiing, hiking, disc golf, and cooking.

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Oregon Coast
2:34 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Springtime Is Snowy Plover Nesting Time

A Western Snowy Plover and its nest
Credit friendsofpajarodunes.org

Springtime on the Southern Oregon Coast means more people traveling to beaches to catch some sun, or perhaps fly a kite. But, beachgoers share the sand with the Western Snowy Plover, which means observing new restrictions to ensure a successful nesting season for the endangered species.

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University of Oregon
4:05 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NFL Teams Visit U of O, Scout Talent

Ducks doing drills at the Moshofsky Center at Autzen Stadium
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Football players from the University of Oregon had a chance to audition for a spot in the NFL today. 

Scouts and personnel held drills and took notes on current Ducks planning on entering the NFL Draft. Drills included the 40 yd dash, “shuttle” sprints," and passing exercises. Cornerback Avery Patterson said the drills can be a little nerve-wracking.

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Basketball
8:52 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Big Day For Oregon Basketball

Credit GoDucks.com and John Giustina

Saturday was a big day for Oregon basketball. The University of Oregon Ducks Men's Basketball team hosted a packed house at Mathew Knight Arena against number 3 Arizona. 

Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points as the Ducks upset the Wildcats 64-57. Oregon's six-game winning streak keeps them eligible for a possible NCAA tournament bid and gave them their fourth straight season with at least 20 victories. Head Coach Dana Altman says fans energy was crucial to the victory.

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GMOs
2:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Congressman Peter DeFazio, Students Request Grocery Stores Label Products Containing GMOs

OSPIRG Students, Spokeswoman Hannah Picknell, and Congressman Peter DeFazio
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio and about 40 students from the University of Oregon are pushing super markets to voluntarily label products containing Genetically Modified Organisms.

The Oregon Legislature and the U.S. Congress continue to debate GMO labeling. The Oregon Student Independent Research Group is taking the discussion directly to grocery stores. Recently, OSPIRG requested Market of Choice voluntarily label products. At the U of O Friday, OSPIRG Spokeswoman Hannah Picknell said so far the super market chain has been receptive.

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Forest Management
2:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Gilchrist State Forest To Add Nearly 29,000 Acres

The Gilchrist Forest in northern Klamath County.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Gilchrist State Forest south of Bend is adding nearly 29,000 acres. The Board of Forestry approved completion of the multi-year acquisition Wednesday.

Legislators first approved the purchase in 2010. The State acquired 43,000 acres that became the first new Oregon State Forest in 60 years. At the same time, The Conservation Fund bought about 25,000 acres directly adjacent with the intention of eventually selling it to the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF spokesman John Pellissier says they aren't usually in the habit selling or purchasing land.

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Homelessness
8:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

ShelterCare In the Whit: Renovating Buildings And Reviving Lives

Meeting Date: February 28, 2014

Air Date: March 3, 2014

Organizations in our community are not only concerned about people who are homeless, they are taking concrete steps to create housing for vulnerable families and individuals. ShelterCare is a local nonprofit, organized more than four decades ago to serve homeless families. For a quarter-century, the organization has been providing transitional support for families leaving shelter. Their focus is on families, persons with mental illness, and those with brain injuries.

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LGBTQ
2:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

HIV Alliance To Host LGBTQ Health Fair

Even though progress has been made in the fight against AIDS, the disease still requires continued education. Saturday, the HIV Alliance is holding a health fair aimed at addressing the specific needs of the LGBTQ community. Lane County Health and Human Services Spokesman Jason Davis says even though advances have been made to fight the disease, it's still serious.

Davis: "There still is no cure and individuals can still and should still engage themselves in preventative practices to avoid the circumstance all-together."

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Lending
3:05 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

U.S. Treasury Grant Will Help Hundreds Expand Their Business Or Help With Personal Livelihood

Credit NEDCO.org

A U.S. Treasury grant will give access to capital to economically distressed Oregonians.

Springfield’s Community LendingWorks was awarded $420,000 to help expand small businesses, or personal livelihood. The non-profit is an affiliate of the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, or NEDCO. Executive Director Claire Seguin says the people they work with don’t have a relationship with a mainstream bank that allows them to borrow.  

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City Club of Eugene
10:20 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How Are Young Ducks Growing Their Own Businesses

Recorded on: Friday February 21, 2014

Air Date: Monday February 24, 2014

While sharing a basket of tater tots, four students in the University of Oregon’s “New Venture Planning” class decided on a ketchup project (surely they could come up with something tastier). Red Duck Foods, Inc. is the result. That’s only one of the student projects that has turned into a business in recent years. Among businesses that the UO has helped to launch, some were started by undergraduates still in school.

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Veterans Affairs
12:27 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

UO Veterans Help Remodel Eugene Home

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

A group of about 20 University of Oregon veterans volunteered their time and construction skills Saturday to help with a Veterans Housing project in Eugene.

The Veterans Housing Project is a collaborative effort comprised of organizations and volunteers to help military men and women transition back into the community after deployment. Saturday's project, located on Jefferson Street, included building a deck and landscaping work. U of O Veteran Program Coordinator Michael Tieman wishes there were more non-veterans to help out.

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