Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.

When not tracking down a story, Tiffany spends time growing food and flowers, traveling, singing, and having fun with her family and friends.

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The Trump administration’s recent attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act has prompted some state leaders to speak out. Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with patients at a health clinic in Eugene Tuesday and spoke on the need to protect health care coverage for all, especially those with pre-existing conditions.

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Health care professionals representing all major labor unions at PeaceHealth RiverBend and University District hospitals rallied Thursday to stop a plan to outsource physician services, increase shift hours, and lay off staff. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked one of the hospital physicians to explain the current dispute.

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Hundreds of health care professionals rallied outside PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospital in Springfield Thursday.

Public sector unions can no longer require non-union workers to pay dues or fees. KLCC got a local perspective on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision.

Emmett Philip Baber

KING-PONG interactive art events, sponsored by Eugene Tech, will be a happening at Kesey Square from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on the last Tuesdays of June, July, August and September (June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25th.)

Local artists and musicians will incorporate STEM education activities with digital music and video entertainment to create a larger than life-sized electronic PONG tournament using GIANT controllers, projected on a 20 foot screen.

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If mosquitos love the taste of you, this summer may prove a challenge. Lane County Health officials warn a dramatic increase in the blood-sucking insects could lead to a banner year for West Nile and other viruses.

Amy Simons

Following the January sale, The Register-Guard became a GateHouse paper, now the only one in Oregon. However, the holding corporation owns 10-percent of daily papers nationwide. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke to a former editor at her hometown, Missouri newspaper who experienced a GateHouse takeover.

Chip Price

Longtime readers of the Register-Guard were shocked earlier this year to learn their hometown, family-owned newspaper was sold to GateHouse Media. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert wanted to find out more about how the new corporate owner operates and what other changes may be in store for The Register-Guard.

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KLCC CONTINUES TO COVER THE IMPACT AND CHANGES AT THE REGISTER-GUARD FOLLOWING THE SALE OF THE NEWSPAPER TO GATEHOUSE PUBLISHING. TODAY, WE DUSTED OFF THE FOLLOWING STORY WHICH FIRST AIRED 7 YEARS AGO ON FEBRUARY, 17, 2011.

KLCC's Tiffany Eckert takes a regional look at the state of the newspaper job market and the evolution of the industry.

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The Eugene Newspaper Guild is a labor organization for journalists and other media workers. Right now, the union is in ongoing contract negotiations with GateHouse publishing, the new owner of The Register-Guard.

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Changes keep on coming at The Register-Guard, since the newspaper was sold to the holding company- Gatehouse Publishing in January.

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As of Tuesday, May 22, 2018, there are 91 confirmed cases of whooping cough across five school districts in Lane County. In an effort to quell the outbreak, Public Health departments have ordered un-immunized and sick students to be excluded from school.

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Lane county is designated a “high burden” area for overdose, hospitalization and risky prescribing of opioids. Each quarter, there are an average of nine overdose deaths, countywide. Leading experts on opiates and opiate misuse will offer Ted Talk style presentations at the Eugene Public Library tomorrow (Thursday) night.

On Health

The number of whooping cough cases continues to rise in Lane County. Now 59 people have been sickened with the highly contagious disease.  Public health officials are ramping up outreach efforts to get more people-- particularly adults-- vaccinated.

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A Springfield boy will get prosthetic arms and hands thanks to a collaboration between University of Oregon students and advocates for people with disabilities.

David Baker

Filmmakers with Oregon State University followed scientists to the far reaches of the planet to record the global decline of coral reef eco-systems. They’ve produced a feature-length documentary which makes its debut in Eugene this weekend. (See extended interview below)

It feels like we’re experiencing a mini-heat wave in parts of Oregon. On Tuesday, record highs were recorded in Portland, Astoria and Newport.

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Lane County’s efforts-- to improve the overall health of its residents-- are paying off.  And community organizations plan to invest more in this initiative that came out of Obamacare.

PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center is poised to break ground on a new guest house. It will offer lodging to those with loved ones in hospital.

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The day before GateHouse Media took over the Register Guard, there was an exodus of high level employees, including the newspaper’s managing editor and publisher.

Oregon state health officials are urging people to stop using the herbal supplement, kratom. Several test samples have been found to contain the salmonella bacteria. Two people fell ill in Oregon and now those cases are linked to a national outbreak.

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In Lane County, opioid overdose kills more people than car accidents. It’s a crisis public health officials have seen coming. Now, a countywide effort to reduce narcotic prescribing is having dramatic results—cutting opioid use by 40%. It comes down to tapering dosage and offering patients alternative treatments for chronic pain.

Rachael McDonald

A source with the Register-Guard says several of the paper’s management announced their retirement Tuesday. This, as the sale of Eugene’s only daily paper is set to be finalized.

Although the newspaper’s sale to Gatehouse Media is still pending, Register Guard employees have been asked to re-apply for their jobs. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, some layoffs have already been announced. 

Oregon State University

Following an outbreak of the deadly Meningococcal B disease, Oregon State University instituted a vaccination requirement policy. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to enroll in classes next term. And that’s not all.

Oregon State University

After a sixth student in Corvallis contracted Meningococcal disease, Oregon State University established a vaccination requirement for all students under 26. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the deadline is this Thursday.

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A play in Eugene this weekend will feature actors who can not hear. In what they’re calling a shadow performance, the company will present The Vagina Monologues.

Hal Hermanson

As part of our 50th Anniversary Road Trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert takes us on a walking tour of Oregon State University in Corvallis. The institution is in the midst of Sesquicentennial celebrations.

Oregon State Police

A 47-year old man was swept off the rocks into the ocean north of Depoe Bay this morning (Thursday.) Witnesses say he crossed over a sea wall to look at the water and was then hit by a wave and knocked into the frigid water.

Linus Pauling Middle School

There is another confirmed case of meningococcal disease in Corvallis. This time it’s a middle school student. Health officials say the bacterial infection is rare to occur in young kids. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

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