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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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Postcards From The Pandemic: ‘It Comes Home’ For A Traveling Nurse

A home health and hospice nurse who lives in Bend shares her experience — and fears — on facing the coronavirus pandemic outside hospital walls.

Health | News | Education | local

Postcards From The Pandemic: Shut-In Oregon Kids

Shut-in Oregon kids share what they’re going through.

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Postcards From The Pandemic: Out Of Work And An Uncertain Future

Janna Fenwick cleaned Bend motel rooms by day, and tended bar at night. Now, she said she is in survival mode.

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Deschutes Sheriff 'Will Not Arrest Or Cite Anyone Based On The Governor’s Order'

Top law enforcement officials are giving Oregonians a grace period to comply with a mandatory order to stay at home from the governor.

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'Pandemic Partners' In Bend Use Social Media To Care For Neighbors In Isolation

In Bend, social media connects neighbors in need with errand runners and grocery shopping. 

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As Virus Tests Faith Communities, Sacred Feast In Warm Springs Carries On

“It’s part of who we are. If it doesn’t go on, it’s like removing a piece of us.”

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Census In Oregon Begins With A Reservation, And A Prayer

Census 2020 opened in Oregon on Thursday with an elder from the Warm Springs Reservation, and a prayer for protection from illness.

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Eastern Oregon Hospital Leader Peddles Coronavirus Misinformation

The director of clinical services for Harney District Hospital in Burns, Oregon, has a side hustle that cashes in on medical conspiracy theories.

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Central Oregon Works To Fight 'Information Crisis' Around Coronavirus

Central Oregon officials in three counties are working to quell rumors about the COVID-19 virus. 

local | News | Politics

Separatist Group Seeks To Move Oregon Border To Create 'Greater Idaho'

The Northwest's latest separatist cause to spark popular interest would move the Oregon and California borders to create "Greater Idaho," despite being practically infeasible.

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There's More To Coffee Than Just The Bean. Meet The Coffee Fruit.

American's coffee obsession relies on just one part of the coffee plant: the seed. More often than not, the edible fruit surrounding the pit is thrown away. A Bend cafe has found new uses for all that food waste.

local | News | Politics

Oregon DOJ Asks Governor To Replace Suspended Wasco DA

Gov. Brown has not committed to ousting a DA barred from practicing law.

Election | local | News | Politics | Transportation

Bend City Council Floats $190M Transportation Bond For May Ballot

If voters say yes, property taxes will go up 47 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value.

local | Nation | News | Transportation

Free, On-Call Rides Seen As Way To Boost Public Transit Use In Bend

Planners hope convenient rides will boost waning use of public transit.

local | News | Technology

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. 

local | Business | News | Politics | Technology

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.

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

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.