Tiffany Eckert


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.

Ways to Connect

A gay nightclub in central Florida is now the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy sent shock waves across the nation. Sunday afternoon, patrons of Eugene's only gay bar shared their grief. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the co-founder of The Wayward Lamb.

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Seven University of Oregon students were honored during a special ceremony on Sunday. The Lavender Graduation acknowledges the achievements and campus contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

The event began with a moment of silence in honor of the people killed and wounded in the Sunday morning mass shooting in Orlando.

Then, one at a time, LGBT graduating students faced the small crowd and a loved one spoke about them.

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Trailer parks can be a viable housing option for people living on low or fixed incomes. Nearly 63-thousand Oregonians live in these unique communities.  A tenant owns the home but rents the land it sits on. Mobile home park managers act as landlords--an arrangement that can work well-- or lead to trouble if power is abused. Sometimes tenants seek legal help over grievances.

Senator Merkley

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon campus today (Tuesday). He spoke to constitutional law students about the Senate's refusal to hold hearings on the President's Supreme Court nominee. 

Professor Matt Sanders is a clinical psychologist from University of Queensland in Australia. He developed the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program designed to enhance parental engagement, reduce stigma and encourage positivity.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals announced every health system in the state will now provide a cost estimate for any planned procedure.  

The initiative is expected to reduce “sticker shock” for potential patients.  They say it will help uninsured and out-of-network patients understand the potential costs for services.

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There were five candidates running for Eugene Mayor but it quickly came down to two. Elections results give Lucy Vinis the victory over closest competitor, Mike Clark. Early numbers showed (Tuesday) Vinis captured a majority of the votes, preventing a run-off in the general election.

Vinis celebrated with fellow Democrats at the Wild Duck in the University District in Eugene. The progressive candidate was happy with the turn-out.

Lane County Public Health is getting the word out---mental health is just as important as physical well-being. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on a community-wide project that encourages every citizen to “mind your mind.”

Deschutes County Jail

A self-proclaimed reporter with links to the Malheur Refuge occupation was arrested Friday by the FBI on weapons charges. Michael Ray Emry made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Eugene today (Monday).

Michael Emry entered the courtroom in shackles. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo asked if he wished to accept a court appointed public defender. Emry nodded and then mumbled ‘yes.’

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People who identify as transgender are more at risk of contracting HIV-AIDS than any other demographic group. Transgender men and women say the biggest reason is a lack of specific information for their sexual behaviors. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, a unique event in a very public place in Eugene is designed to change that.

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Yesterday PeaceHealth Medical Center caregivers voted to ratify their first union contract. Members of the Service Employees International Union-Local 49 approved it- 533 to 11. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert met with hospital employees and union reps when the decision was announced.

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Neighborworks Umpqua

A California couple has donated a valuable lot of land in Roseburg. They’ve asked a local non-profit to develop it for veteran housing.

Lane County Public Health has recognized seven diverse organizations that went the “extra mile” last year to help achieve healthy populations.

From clean drinking water to vaccination campaigns, public health impacts all people in all communities. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Benton County health officials have confirmed an outbreak of norovirus at Oregon State University.

OSU Extension Services

Lane county residents can get tips on everything from canning to animal husbandry through Oregon State University Extension. That service requires funding.  A political action committee hopes to convince voters to approve a local option tax in the May Primary.

Passage of Ballot measure 20-239 would restore county funding to the Oregon State University Extension Service for the first time since 2010. Leigh Rieder is a Master Gardener who volunteers for the service. She says Extension programs benefit Lane County residents in very real ways.

Oregon’s water is tested for suspended solids, certain chemicals, heavy metals, but not for pharmaceuticals. With prescription drug use on the rise --way too often-- unused meds end up in the landfill or flushed down the toilet. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on how Lane County agencies are stepping up their message of what to do with unwanted drugs.

The ongoing berry boycott has prompted response from Driscoll's corporate headquarters. The company looks to affirm their position on union organizing and worker welfare.

John Erb is Vice President of North American Operations for Driscoll's. He says the company has not intervened to negotiate wages or labor practices because their business model is not “vertically integrated.” That means their growers are independent, they farm on their own dime and they manage their own work force, union or non-union.

The mother of a University of Oregon freshman who died last February has filed a lawsuit against PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. The suit claims the hospital was negligent in treating Lauren Jones who died of Meningococcal disease.


Oregon’s Assistant Attorney General testified before Congress Tuesday about combating pharmaceutical fraud and opioid abuse. He told the US Senate Finance Committee, Oregon was the first governmental entity in the country to settle with a pharmaceutical company over allegations they deceptively promoted a powerful opioid for off-label uses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for a man who reportedly jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge Monday morning. Two witnesses told Newport Police they saw the man on the east side, center span where he leaned over the bridge rail and then went over.

Oregon Audited

A recent audit by the Secretary of State’s office finds transition programs for female youth in state custody lag behind those available to males. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the unequal service is a problem for county juvenile departments and the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Oregon now ranks fourth in the nation for abuse and misuse of opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   U.S. Senator Ron Wyden was in Eugene today (Tuesday) to attend a Summit on chronic pain management and reducing prescription drug abuse.

“Like a wrecking ball.” That’s how Senator Wyden describes the way opioid addiction has hit Oregon.

Wyden: “During a five month period in 2012, 180-thousand prescriptions were written for opioids. That is a very dramatic challenge.”

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As part of a community-wide plan to improve health in Lane County-- hundreds of residents from all walks of life-- got together Wednesday night to simultaneously vote on which health issues they consider top priority. Electronic votes were tallied and KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was there for the results.

The 2nd Annual “Grilled Cheese Experience” kicks off this week at participating restaurants in Eugene and Springfield. It’s a fundraiser for FOOD for Lane County—and 18 eateries are offering their takes on the old classic sandwich.

UCC Strong

Within hours of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, a fund was created with donations to help the victims.  More than $650,000 dollars have already been distributed to those most directly harmed by what happened. Now, nearly four months after the campus tragedy, the UCC Strong Fund is broadening its scope of support.

Marcola High School

Some Oregon public schools will be allowed to keep their Native American Mascots…at least for now. The State Board of Education last week said that’s only if they secure permission from a tribe. One of those schools is in the Mohawk Valley—KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks with the superintendent of Marcola School District.

Kyra Buckley

Running what she calls a “people –powered” campaign, Green Party presidential candidate—Dr. Jill Stein—has been spending a lot of her time stumping. Along the campaign trail, she stopped by the KLCC studios to talk with Tiffany Eckert about her reasons for joining the race and why Americans should embrace a third-party system.

Kyra Buckley

Running what she calls a “people –powered” campaign, Green Party presidential candidate—Dr. Jill Stein—has been spending a lot of her time stumping. Along the campaign trail, she stopped by the KLCC studios to talk with Tiffany Eckert about her reasons for joining the race and why Americans should embrace a third-party system.

Kyra Buckley

The Green Party candidate for the U.S. Presidency was in Eugene Friday. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke with Jill Stein about her campaign and what makes her qualified to run for the country’s highest office.