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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

Business | Animals | News | local

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?

Environment | Recreation | local | Technology | News | Health

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

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

Business | News | local

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.

News | local | 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.

Politics | News | Nation | local

The High Cost Of Dissent In Grant County

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

Business | News | Family | local

Bend Chamber Of Commerce Targets Child Care Shortages

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

News | local

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.

News | local | 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.

Education | News | Family | Parents | local

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.

Politics | News | Nation | local

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. 

News | local

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. 

News | local

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.

Recreation | News | local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Trails Close In Central Oregon To Keep From Startling Elk To Death

A coalition of bikers, hikers and hunters in central Oregon spread the word to keep recreationalists off closed trails to protect baby elk. It might be working.


Oregon Sheriff Resigning Over Jail Conditions Faces Inmate Complaint

The allegations include a lack of access to medical care, and they come after the Harney County sheriff publicly disavowed conditions at the jail. 

Politics | News | Nation | local

Harney County Residents Question Rep. Walden On Political Flashpoints

Fear about gun laws, immigration and tariffs surfaced at a town hall in Burns on Thursday. 

News | local

Grant County Sheriff Facing Ethics Complaint Rescinds Resignation

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer denies allegations of corruption and says he will run for a sixth term.

Business | Agriculture | News | local

Hail Hits Oregon Hemp Growers Hard, But Barely Dents Booming Market

Central Oregon hemp fields took a beating from hail storms this summer, but that barely put a dent in a booming industry.

News | local | Health

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.

Education | News | local

OSU-Cascades To Expand On Old Mine, Landfill Sites

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

Business | News | local

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.