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Central Oregon Bureau Chief

Emily Cureton

Emily Cureton is OPB’s Central Oregon Bureau Chief. She formerly contributed award-winning programming to Georgia Public Broadcasting and Jefferson Public Radio, and reporting to community newspapers like the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, California, and the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas.

Emily graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in history, studio art and Russian. Among other adventures, she’s driven a van from Oregon to Costa Rica and hiked from the California coast to the Pacific Crest in Ashland. Send her feedback and story ideas at

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Recent Articles

Health | News | local

Water Crisis In Warm Springs Drags Into 3rd Month

People improvise for survival, as funding is slow to come, and a federal agency threatens the Tribal government with huge fines.

local | Education | News

OSU-Cascades To Expand On Old Mine, Landfill Sites

Oregon State University-Cascades is breaking ground on an expansion of its Bend campus.

Business | local | News

East Oregonian Publishers Win Federal Auction For Bend, Redmond Newspapers

East Oregonian publisher EO Media agreed to buy the only daily newspaper in Central Oregon, The Bulletin, and the weekly Redmond Spokesman.

local | News | Environment

'Complicated' Milepost 97 Fire Draws Hundreds To Community Meeting

The quarter-acre blaze firefighters first reached Wednesday grew to 11,000 acres in under four days. Hundreds of local residents met at Glendale High School to find out how bad it might get. 

local | News | Environment

Proposed Surgery To Sterilize Oregon Wild Horses Raises Hackles

Wild horses walk a fine line between icon and unwanted. The Bureau of Land Management is eyeing an Oregon experiment to spay wild mares as a potential model for the West.

Business | local | News

East Oregonian Publisher Surfaces As High Bidder For Bend's Bulletin Newspaper

A Central Oregon institution is about to change hands, after a decade of shrinking coverage and cutting staff. And now two new companies have emerged as potential new owners.

Business | local | NW Life | News | Communities

Rhode Island Company Bids On Bend Bulletin

The proposed $2.25 million sale price includes the Bend Bulletin and the Redmond Spokesman. 

local | NW Life

Chasing Horses

A boy and his horse prepare for the 50th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days in Warm Springs. But even with years of training, everything can change in a single stride.

Health | News | local | Environment

After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs

As soon as crews replaced a critical stretch of pipe Wednesday, things got worse, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water for thousands of people on the largest tribal reservation in Oregon.

local | News

Oregon Buyers Bid On Sister Papers, Not Bend Bulletin

Western Communications revealed two Oregon-centric bidders for part of its string of Pacific Northwest newspapers Tuesday, but not a potential buyer for its largest and most prominent paper, the Bend Bulletin.

local | News

Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, Safety Risk To Warm Springs

Thousands of people living and working on Oregon’s largest tribal reservation won’t have running water and flushing toilets, again.

local | News

Bend Bulletin Owners Plan To Sell Everything And Dissolve The Company

Western Communications will sell newspapers where competing outlets are scarce to non-existent.

Nation | Health | News | local

Bend Hospital Expands After Years Of Overcrowding

A new tower promises to relieve pressure on Central Oregon’s health care system.

News | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

BLM Revives Proposal To Sterilize Oregon's Wild Horses

One difference under a revised plan is veterinarians would not operate on pregnant mares.

Environment | News | local | Communities

Environmentalists Sue Over Grazing Rights For Ranchers Convicted Of Arson

Environmentalists have sued to prevent Dwight and Steven Hammond from getting their grazing rights back. 

local | News | Flora and Fauna

Oregon Becomes 1st State To Sharply Restrict Herbicide Linked To Tree Deaths

Oregon effectively bans a chemical it once sprayed along roads, as the EPA signals potential opposition to more state control. 

local | Politics | News

Years Of Bad Accounting Threaten Harney County Health Programs

A budget snafu will shrink government services in this rural Oregon county. Picking which ones need to go is a bitter debate. 

local | Politics | News | Communities

A Leadership Shake-Up In Warm Springs Following A Tumultuous Year

Most of the previous Warm Springs Tribal Council was ousted, with six of eight seats changing hands.

Music | local | Arts | News

A Symphony In Burns Seeks Healing, 3 Years After Occupation

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge became a household name in 2016, not for its beautiful scenery or because 300 bird species flock there, but because a militant, anti-government group had taken over headquarters for 41 days, leading to a fatal shooting. Three years later, an Oregon symphony offers music as healing.

local | Politics | News

Former Prosecutor Brings Message Of DA Changes To Bend

“Is there a plan in their office to deal with mass incarceration?” asked former prosecutor Adam Foss.