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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

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After Bend Cyberattack, Victims Were The Last To Know

More than two months passed before Bend utilities customers learned their credit card information had been compromised. 

Technology | Business | local | Politics | News

Malware Attack Potentially Exposes Bend Utility Rate Payers' Credit Card Info

City of Bend utility customers were notified Tuesday of a data breach that may have compromised credit card information last fall. 

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Redmond Hotel Attack Triggers Oregon’s Revised Hate Crime Law

 A New Year’s Eve attack on an elderly business owner will be prosecuted under Oregon’s revised hate crime law.

Business | NW Life | Environment | Economy | local | News

The Search For Solutions To Harney County’s Water Crisis

Southeastern Oregon’s declining groundwater could spell disaster — or set an example for how the West could manage future conflicts over water.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy Cleared In Black Friday Shooting

The Deschutes County district attorney says a sheriff's deputy acted to protect himself and others in the path of the stolen car when he shot a person on Black Friday.

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Meet The Woman Behind Harney County's Bus System

Dedicated employees and stable funding transform bus service in southeastern Oregon.

local | News | Environment

5 Essential Questions About Harney County's Water Crisis

The groundwater table is dropping as much as 8 feet per year in some places. 

Health | local | Politics | News | Water

Oregon Senators Introduce Tribal Water Quality Bill

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation this week to better fund water systems in tribal communities.

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A Horse Who Sued A Person Provokes Oregon Agricultural Interests

The lawsuit puts a fundamental question to the courts: Can a horse sue a person?

local | Recreation | Health | Environment | Technology | News

When Wheelchairs Failed Him, He Invented A New Way To Hike

A Bend, Oregon, inventor designs for more equity in the outdoor adventure community. 

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50 Square Miles Of Central Oregon Forest Go Up For Sale

Driving Highway 20 between Bend and Sisters offers views of a massive property for sale that borders the Deschutes National Forest. The asking price: $127 million.

local | News | Communities

A Tale Of 2 Billboards In Southeast Bend

Days after launching a billboard ad campaign, the city of Bend agreed to take it down.

Nation | local | Politics | News

The High Cost Of Dissent In Grant County

A career police officer claims to be the latest target of an activist sheriff.

Business | local | News | Family

Bend Chamber Of Commerce Targets Child Care Shortages

A pilot program to lower child care costs through subsidies is in its infancy.

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Oregon Memo Says Madras Public Defense Group Manipulated Caseload, Concealed Dysfunction

A Madras attorney denies allegations of contract manipulations while the review of public defense contracts statewide leads to reckoning – and no remedy.

local | News | Environment

Deschutes River Conservation Plan Seeks Slow Change

Irrigators want protection from lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act. Conservationists want more water for spotted frogs and other wildlife.

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Lake County Schools Prepare To Reopen After Threats

Classes and activities for Lake County School District #7 were canceled for three days in a row.

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Anti-Immigration Group Sends Oregon Sheriffs To DC

An anti-immigration group is paying for two Eastern Oregon sheriffs to attend political events in Washington, D.C., this week. 

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Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Child Neglect

Arrested in September on suspicion of attempted rape, assault and child neglect, Tyler Smith has been on paid leave from the Grant County Sheriff's Office since Aug. 9. 

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Grant County Sheriff's Office Deputy Arrested By Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police arrested a Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputy Monday on suspicion of attempted rape, child neglect and assault.