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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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.

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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.

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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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