Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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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Yesterday [Thursday], the Senate voted against expanding background checks for gun purchases – one day after the latest mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernadino, California.

Thursday's 50-to-47 vote underscored the political gridlock over gun control in Washington.

The measure would have required background checks for all gun purchases online and at gun shows.

Oregon's U-S Representative Peter Defazio says in the last Congress, the Senate came very close to closing gun show loopholes and tightening background checks but failed.

Desmond O'Boyle

As world leaders gather in Paris at the Global Climate Summit this week environmental activists around the world held rallies and marches asking political leaders to develop a comprehensive plan addressing climate change.

John Marshall

A photographer from Wenatchee (Washington) has made a revealing discovery at the scene of a remote and long-abandoned fire lookout. Who knew a pile of very old firewood could tell a story? Correspondent Tom Banse brings it to us.

The University of Oregon Ducks defeated Oregon State 52 to 42 in the 119th Civil War football game Friday at Autzen Stadium.

11/30 10:00 a.m. UPDATE:  The "RED" wood burning advisory for Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge is extended until 4:00 p.m. today.

11/29 8:20 AM UPDATE: The "Red" wood burning advisory for Eugene and Springfield has been extended through Sunday evening, and it now includes Oakridge.


A new documentary titled "Professors in Poverty" focuses on the trend of hiring part-time and adjunct instructors in higher institutions while eliminating full-time, tenured positions to save money.

The University of Oregon Ducks kept their Pac-12 North Title hopes alive with a big upset win over 7th ranked Stanford 38 to 36 Saturday night in Palo Alto, California.

Desmond O'Boyle

The biggest Comic Convention, or ComicCon is held annually in San Diego, and one has just sprouted up in Eugene.

Dungeness crab season is about to begin. Fishermen are stacking their pots and preparing boats for the season that usually starts in December. But this year, domoic acid levels found in some catch may prove to be a problem. The naturally occurring acid can concentrate in fish and shellfish, and is capable of causing sickness in animals that eat them. Hugh Link is the Executive Director of the Oregon Dungeness crab Commission. He says they test for domoic acid annually, but this year cases are elevated due to a large algae bloom off the west coast.

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Faculty and professors at Oregon State University are seeking permission from the federal government to conduct research on industrial hemp.