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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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.
 

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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.

A growing number of Lane County individuals and families who work --are still unable to afford the basic necessities to live. A United Way study called the “ALICE Report” has just been released and it is starting conversations about our region’s hidden poor.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym is being used to describe four in ten households in Lane County and even more in other parts of Oregon. When a person or family earns more than the Federal Poverty Level but struggles to afford basic needs, they are living on the ALICE threshold.

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A "signature" South Eugene business has closed its doors after 52 years. From the outside, Jiffy Market looks like a quirky convenience store--but inside-- amongst rows of fine wines and the smell of food cooking—it was a place where customers became friends.

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More than half of students in the Eugene 4-J school district qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. During long breaks from school, these children are at risk of going without meals. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, local churches are making it their mission to end food insecurity one neighborhood at a time. 

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When a terminally ill patient decides to stop treatment or finds there are no other curative measures to take-- hospice is ordered. Often, the patient chooses to go home to die. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, hospice programs serve to alleviate fears and help the very sick on their final journey.

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The fourth boy charged in Eugene's Civic Stadium fire was sentenced today (Wednesday.) As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, the juvenile took responsibility for his actions and must now follow the conditions of his probation.

Over the Thanksgiving break, someone broke into the South Umpqua High School band room in tiny Myrtle Creek and stole several expensive instruments. --This just a couple weeks before their holiday concert.

The theft could have meant catastrophe for the budding musicians of this high school band. Two tenor saxophones, five flutes and two guitars were stolen. Some belonged to the school Others were owned by students.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Douglas County Public Health officials report one person has died and another remains hospitalized as a result of meningococcal disease. This is not considered an outbreak and as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, doctors are confident the disease is contained.  

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria present in the noses and throats of about 10% of the population. When it is  spread—it’s through very close, prolonged personal contact. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck.

Wikipedia

Syphilis has increased by 1,500 % in Oregon since 2007. Public health officials announced the disturbing trend after Lincoln County reported its 12th case this year.

Auction.com

Following weeks of speculation, the buyer of the former Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced. Avago Technologies-- a developer of semiconductor products-- will close the deal sometime this month.


Hult Center

"The City of the Arts and Outdoors" is losing another visual art space. Jacobs Art Gallery at the Hult Center in Eugene has announced plans to close. They say the community gallery doesn't receive the financial support necessary to operate.

The last few days have been tough for Alex Brokaw. After being a part of the decision to close, the Jacobs Gallery Board President is still coming to terms.

Andy Nelson/Register Guard

When tragedy strikes a region, it is up to The Head of City--the mayor--to respond with empathy along with prompt, reliable information and a plan of action. This is no easy task. The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has city leaders reflecting on the past and uncertain about the future.

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Lane Transit District wants to devote more than half of its bus fleet to hybrid and all-electric by next year. A small group of community members and environmental activists gathered at the busy Eugene bus station Tuesday to show support of the move.

update 4 p.m. Monday: Eugene Police report 911 lines are fully operational.

Update: Eugene Police report 911 is now operational at back up center. Century Link is not on site yet and does not know why the 911 lines went down. Because the 911 lines have not been stabilized, if you can't get through to 9-1-1, please go to your area fire station. These stations have been asked to staff for individuals to respond there in case they cannot use the emergency line.

 

Flu season is upon us. Typically it starts in Southeast Asia and makes its way around the globe. Oregon is one of the last states to see flu outbreaks— they start appearing in mid-October.

People underestimate the common flu—it can be deadly-- especially to those with compromised immune systems. Jason Davis is with Lane County Public Health.

corvallisadvocate.com

A group called "Citizens for Protecting Corvallis" wants to see regulations on where homeless shelters can open and how they operate. A petition committee has begun collecting signatures to get an initiative on the ballot.

Supporters of the petition say shelters for the homeless should not be located in the downtown core of Corvallis. They also want to see sobriety requirements to limit what they call "damp" shelters. Paul Cauthorn is a chief petitioner who lives a couple blocks from the "Men's Winter Shelter" on 4th Street.

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President Barack Obama arrived in Eugene on Air Force One just before noon today (Friday)-- before heading to Roseburg to meet with victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert joined the Whitehouse Press Pool at the Eugene Airport.

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President Barak Obama is greeted by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy at Mahlon Sweet Field Airport. Friday, October 9, 2015.Credit Tiffany EckertEdit | Remove

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Two of the four Eugene boys charged with setting the fire that destroyed Civic Stadium made admissions to a judge today (Tuesday) in Lane County Juvenile Court. These two youth are also charged with arson for a dumpster fire outside a convenience store. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was in the courtroom and has this report.

Civic Alliance

Eugene's Civic Stadium property was open to the public yesterday (Sunday) for the first time since a fire destroyed the historic grandstand in June. About 1,500 people visited for "Civic Community Day" to play games, reminisce and get a look at the master plan to rebuild the site. Civic Alliance Advisory Board member Derrick Johnson tells KLCC's Tiffany Eckert about the fire's effects and what the future holds.

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District has selected their next General Manager.

Aurora “A.J.” Jackson has been chosen to lead LTD. She was picked from a three person candidate pool. Jackson started her career as a bus operator working her way up the ranks to management. LTD Board President Gary Wildish says her ascent was a strong selling point.

Wildish: “It takes tonicity, poise, energy, leadership and that really does fit perfectly with the direction that we wanna go.”

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About 3,000 new and returning students flocked from far and wide to the University of Oregon Thursday for the annual "Unpack the Quack" move-in day.

MCAA

The Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital has made progress during a decade of change. But more can be done to improve mental health treatment and staff safety. That's according to a recent audit by the Secretary of State's office.

OPB

A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

City of Springfield

Renowned author and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey grew up in Springfield. The city recently commissioned a two-story, photo-realistic mural to honor their hometown son.

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When Oregon families lose their homes in a wildfire, they can now get a little help rebuilding. The new “Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account” is open.

Oregon Representative Mike McLane calls it a way to “fill the gap” when families lose everything to wildfire. He sponsored House Bill 3148 to provide assistance in the form of small grants to those eligible. 

The money, $5,000 per household, is meant to supplement insurance and personal savings. Eligibility is based on income levels.

theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Unemployment is up in Lane and Douglas counties. But as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the numbers can be deceptive.

Both counties have seen increases in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at the same time they’re *adding jobs.

Brian Rooney is a Regional Economist. He says the rate of joblessness can be volatile this time of year with schools out for summer break. People can come from outside the county to compete for available jobs. And, some employees just decide to quit.

John Stapleton

Of all the natural elements—fire seems to elicit our most primal responses. Human fascination with fire starts early and some research reveals the less we learn about fire as kids—the stronger our curiosity grows into adulthood. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert takes a look at societal views and how we educate children about the function and the dangers of fire.

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