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Central Oregon Bureau Chief

Emily Cureton

Emily Cureton joined OPB as the Central Oregon Bureau Chief in July 2018. She’s reported and produced award-winning coverage for Georgia Public Broadcasting, Jefferson Public Radio and community newspapers like the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, California, and the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas.

Emily has a broad background in journalism — from a radio and newspaper reporter, to guest host and assignment editor of daily talk programs. In 2015, she was a California Health Journalism Fellow, producing a multimedia series on how rural communities handle domestic violence reports. Her journalism honors include a nod for best use of sound in a major market from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, a Georgia Associated Press award for best radio documentary, and various awards for investigative and enterprise reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Emily graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in history, Russian and studio art. 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. When she isn’t working on a great story, you’re likely to find her horseback riding, surfing or getting way too competitive during a friendly game of Scrabble.

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Recent Articles

local | News | Environment | Politics | Forestry

Poisoned Pines In Central Oregon To Be Cut

What happens to the trees next is caught between a federal plan and pending Oregon regulation.

local | Economy | Business | News

Wyden Backs Tax Break For Craft Beverage Makers

How much do taxes drive up the price of a beer?

local | News

For Oregon Exoneree, Life After Innocence Proves Difficult

A Redmond man was exonerated and freed from prison last year, but his case won’t be closed for decades.

local | Nation | Business | News

Bend Bulletin Owner Files For 2nd Bankruptcy In A Decade

Western Communications controls the fate of local news where no one else delivers it, and the company is in dire straits. 

local | News | Politics

Oregon's Walden Gets Cheers And Jeers At Town Hall In Purple Bend

It was the Republican's first town hall visit to Bend since being booed in 2017, and losing Deschutes County voters to a Democrat in 2018.

local | News | Environment

Could Zoning Change Shield Bend From Wildfire?

The idea is to put a fire-resistant buffer between one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities and the pine forest routinely burning around it.

local | Business | News

Back Taxes Threaten To Bury Bend Bulletin Owners

One of the largest rural newspaper owners in the Northwest can’t pay its property taxes on time. Local news hangs in the balance. 

local | News | Education | Technology

Rebooting Computer Science In Central Oregon To Draw More Kids

Sixty Central Oregon studentspacked a lecture hall at OSU Cascades recently to learn the basics of design. The objective was to create something innovative.


After Campus Murder, Kaylee's Law Would Limit Security Guard Powers

Central Oregon Community College made changes after a campus guard killed a student. Now, Bend police say the college is bungling crime reports, and women pay the price. 

local | News

Madras Youth Leaves Behind A Gift For Family: A New Home

In Madras new houses are dedicated to farm workers, built by young people who learned the tools of the trade as they went.

local | News

Deschutes Deputy Cleared In Shooting, But DA Raises Concerns

A Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy who shot a fleeing suspect will not face criminal charges. But the district attorney says there's still cause for concern.

The Question For Bend: If You Code It, Will They Build?

Bend courts duplex and triplex construction by city code, hoping middle-income housing will fill existing neighborhoods. 

local | Economy | Business | News | Politics

Affordable Housing Project To Push Bend's Growth Boundary

With a booming population and scant affordable housing, Bend is bypassing the usual land use process to push to the East.

Business | Environment | News | Energy | Water | local

Leaky Dam Repairs WIll Temporarily Lower Bend's Mirror Pond

Pacific Power says refacing the century-old dam in steel will create a mud flat around Bend's central pond for two weeks.

Election | local | News | Politics

Bend Favors Sally Russell In Packed Mayoral Race

Sally Russell led in early results to be Bend's next mayor, the first person directly elected to that job in nearly a century.  

Election | local | News | Politics

Republican Cheri Helt Wins Oregon House District 54 Race

The House seat representing Central Oregon in the statehouse will remain in Republican hands.

Election | local | News | Politics

Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden Wins 11th Term

Republican Congressman Greg Walden won an 11th term in Congress on Tuesday, after spending more on the campaign to keep his seat than ever before.

Election | local | News | Politics

Deschutes County Commissioner Took Donation From Political Opponent's Abuser

After getting $2,000 from a man who assaulted his challenger in the race, Tony DeBone says he'll send the money back. 

Teachers | local | News | Education

After More Shootings, Students Doubt Effects Of School Security

Student voices from Central Oregon: 'Our school is doing a lot to prevent gun violence, but they’re not doing the right things.'

Election | local | News | Politics

The Twists And Turns In The Race To Replace Bend Rep. Knute Buehler

A Democrat dissed by the party, a third-party progressive downed in diaper-related flames, and a Republican crossing party lines: Welcome to the race to replace Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler.