Tripp Sommer

KLCC News Director

Tripp Sommer began as a volunteer at KLCC in 1981.  He became KLCC News Director in 1988, serving at various times as host of Morning Edition, Northwest Passage and News at Noon. 

Sommer is the recipient of Public Radio News Directors Inc's (PRNDI) 2014 Leo C. Lee Award.

Arts & Culture
9:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Drummer Greg Anton On His First Novel

Drummer Greg Anton has written a novel called "Face the Music"
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Greg Anton is best known as a drummer in the band Zero. He's also a composer and and attorney. Greg's latest creation is "Face the Music", his first novel. Greg talks with KLCC's Tripp Sommer.

Greg Anton will be in Eugene Friday night at Cozmic to sign books and play in his band "The Rock Collection."

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Robert Leo Heilman Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of "Overstory Zero"


Robert Leo Heilman, from down Myrtle Creek way, did some commentaries and baseball playoff reporting for us back in the day. He's in town to herald the 20th anniversary of his book of essays, "Overstory Zero: Real Life in Timber Country."

There will be a pre-release party at "While Away Books" in Roseburg Sunday, November 16th from 2-4 pm.

KLCC's Tripp Sommer has this interview.

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Howard Berkes
6:36 am
Wed November 12, 2014

NPR's Howard Berkes Shares Insights From Reporting

NPR's Howard Berkes and KLCC's Tripp Sommer
Credit John Stark

NPR's Howard Berkes got his start in radio at KLCC more 35 years ago. He's back for a visit and a conversation with KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer. Berkes's new investigative series on mine safety begins on All Things Considered Wednesday.

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Senior Citizens
4:09 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Lane Community College's Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program is celebrating forty years of connecting with senior citizens  and helping them stay active and engaged.  KLCC's Tripp Sommer speaks with Barbara Susman, director of the Successful Aging Institute and the Senior Companion Program at Lane Community College.  His other guest is Brian Pindell, a Senior Companion Program volunteer.    

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The 15 Ounce Pound by Joseph Pietri

KLCC's Tripp Sommer speaks with Joseph Pietri, author of "The 15-Ounce Pound:Big Pharma's Plan to Patent Pot".

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Politics & Government
2:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

KLCC Hosted Live Candidate Forum for East Lane County Commissioner Race

Candidates for the East Lane County Commissioner Race attend a live, on-air forum at KLCC.
Credit Karen Richards


Ten year incumbent Faye Stewart is being challenged for his seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners. Joann Ernst, Kevin Matthews and Jose Ortal are running against Stewart for the East Lane County District 5 position. A fifth candidate, Jack Schoolcraft, is "refraining from any further public comment" during the race.

Friday at noon, the four active candidates participated in a live forum. KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer moderated the event. Questions were submitted in advance by listeners and candidates gave timed responses to a variety of issues.

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6:57 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Reporter Reflects On Murder Trial

Wednesday, a jury convicted Johan Gillette on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of intentional murder in the deaths of his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas. Next week, they decide on sentencing. Throughout the trial, the Register Guard coverage has been high profile. Their reporter Greg Bolt spoke with KLCC's Tripp Sommer.

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