Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Health
5:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

U of O Undergrads Getting Newly Approved Vaccine

Oregon Health Authority's Dr. Paul Cieslak (left) and Lane County Public Health officer Dr. Pat Luedtke discuss "mass vax" at U of O.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Institutional response to the Meningococcal Group B outbreak at the University of Oregon has become a lesson in prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined county and state authorities to coordinate the largest on-campus vaccination clinic in recent history. A campus-wide ad campaign uses the phrase "Get the Vax" to encourage students to show up at Matthew Knight Arena for the shot.

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Eugene
5:24 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Eugene, Civic Alliance, Move Forward With Stadium Purchase

Mayor Piercy accepting a donation from Leo Rickard, age 7, first grader at the Village School, who raised more than $200 for the Civic reuse project. He solicited donations from friends and family in lieu of birthday gifts and held fundraisers including a dance party. Also in the photo are City Councilor Alan Zelenka, and Eugene Civic Alliance representatives, Derek Johnson and Nancy Webber, and Councilor George Brown.
Credit City of Eugene

The City of Eugene announced Friday it will move forward to buy Civic Stadium from the 4-J School District and sell it to a non-profit group committed to its restoration. According to the city manager’s office, Eugene Civic Alliance met the deadline to provide “assurances” that the $4.1 million dollars needed to purchase the defunct stadium has been raised.

7-year old Leo Rickard, a first grader at The Village School,   represented the generosity required by many when he presented his donation of 84 dollars to the cause.

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Health
7:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Eradicating Meningitis: Epidemiology And Vaccines

Credit Shotimage

Staff, volunteer nurses and EMT’s are giving Meningitis vaccines to University of Oregon students at a staggering pace. Public Health officials say ten percent of the student population has received the shot so far. Meanwhile, Lane County Public Health continues to investigate the Meningitis outbreak.

Public Health officials have yet to confirm which of the sickened students is the “sentinel case,” – the one who contracted the disease first. They continue to evaluate several people but say there are currently no suspected cases.

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Health
5:27 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

U of O Ramps Up Meningitis Vaccination Program

Students read information on Meningitis vaccine they are about to receive.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In the wake of a Meningitis outbreak at the University of Oregon, health officials are stepping up a vaccination program. Due to demand, a temporary clinic opened Monday in Mathew Knight arena to vaccinate students who want to be immunized as soon as possible. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there.

Since Monday morning, more than 700 students have received the vaccination for Meningococcal Group B, the disease that has sickened three students and caused the death of freshman athlete Lauren Jones.

Mike Eyster is Executive Director of the University Health Center.

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Breaking
5:18 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Lauren Jones: 4th Meningitis Case at U of O

Dr. Pat Luedtke announces state medical examiner's conclusion at a press conference in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The State Medical Examiner's Office has now confirmed the death of an 18-year old U of O student athlete was caused by a highly contagious Meningitis infection.

Half way through a press conference Friday afternoon, Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Pat Luedtke was handed a note. Then he announced:

Dr. Luedtke: "We heard from the medical examiner's office that due to a preponderance of evidence, he will be signing the death certificate that in fact this fourth case is Neisseria meningitides sero group B related to the outbreak. So that would confirm four cases."

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Reactions To Governor's Resignation: Word On The Street

Barbers and patrons at Anderson's Barber Shop in Eugene give reactions to the governor's resignation.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber today (Friday) KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert went in search of citizen opinion. She visited several businesses in downtown Eugene.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Hundreds Rally On Capitol Steps For Higher Ed Funding

About 500 students, alumni and faculty rallied on the capitol steps in Salem today (Thursday). They're calling for higher education funding.

Representatives from Oregon's 17 community colleges and seven public universities want legislators to hear their plea for greater investments in tuition funding.

Lane community college student leader Tyler Dorris spoke with KLCC's Tiffany Eckert from the rally in Salem.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Survivors Say Education Key To Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Erin Merryn expects to testify before Oregon lawmakers during the current legislative session.
Credit Erin's Law

Every 90 seconds a child is sexually assaulted in America.  That’s according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.  90% know the perpetrator in some way. Childhood sexual abuse is an insidious crime, shrouded in secrecy. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, adult survivors are asking Oregon lawmakers to break the silence with Erin's Law, an education bill bent toward prevention. 

When Carolee Horning was 13 she was an altar girl at a Catholic church in Reedsport. She remembers when the new priest, Father Edward Altstock, arrived.

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Housing
4:22 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Habitat Family Pays Off Their Home Mortgage Early

Alfonzo and Edith Ramirez recently paid off their 20-year Habitat home mortgage 3 years early.
Credit Shanice Stringer

In the 25 years that Springfield Habitat for Humanity has helped build affordable homes for low-income families, only three have paid off their mortgages. The Ramirez family is one of them, and they did it early. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert joined them to celebrate the achievement.

In a ceremonial act, Alfonso and Edith Ramirez lit a copy of their 20 year mortgage on fire (click) and let it burn.

(sound of burning paper)

Every month, they’ve sent in the payments on their zero-interest Habitat for Humanity loan. Now, three years early, they are owners free and clear.

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Economy
3:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Swanson Group Plans To Rebuild Plywood Mill By Mid 2016

Springfield location where Swanson Group plans to rebuild its plywood mill after devastating fire.
Credit Angela Kellner

Six months ago, a devastating fire completely destroyed a plywood mill in Springfield. Today (Thursday), Swanson Group announced their plans to rebuild.

Once the smoke cleared, investigators ruled a lot of things out but could find no definitive cause for the fire. In October, the insurance company wrote out a settlement check. Swanson Group President and CEO Steve Swanson says that’s when they began the process of deciding the best way to use the insurance money.   

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