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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

Energy | News | local | Environment | Business | Water

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 | News | local | 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 | News | local | 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 | News | local | 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 | News | local | 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 | News | local | 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 | News | local | 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.

News | local

Deschutes Deputy Under Investigation After Shooting Fleeing Suspect

Two shots fired by a deputy who is also a training instructor wounded a man wanted for arrest. The district attorney will decide whether to bring charges in the case.

Election | News | local | Politics

In Partisan Era, Oregon's 2nd District Still Talks Politics At Breakfast

Oregon’s only Republican congressman has two decades' worth of staying power. Democrats haven’t bothered to put much muscle into challenging him — until now. 

News | local | Health

Nurses Say Bend Hospital Staffing Is Bad For Trauma Patients

In a complaint filed to the state health authority, Oregon nurses said inadequate staffing puts "the community at severe risk."

Election | News | local | Politics

Protest Pushes For Bend City Councilor To Resign

A rally outside Bend City Hall connected the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to City Councilor Nathan Boddie.  

News | Forestry | local

Oregon Bans Tree-Killing Herbicide Amid Sweeping Investigation

An herbicide that killed 1,500 iconic pines in Central Oregon is off limits for roadside spraying, as the state investigates how many more trees in the Northwest may have been poisoned.

Environment | News | local

Federal Money Flowing To Modernize Central Oregon Irrigation

Tumalo Irrigation District is the first water user group to get public funding after settling a 2016 lawsuit over the endangered Oregon spotted frog.

Environment | News | local

Trees Accidentally Killed By ODOT To Be Logged

The trees could fall on Highway 20, west of Sisters. And the herbicide killing them has not been restricted by the state in response. 

News | local

Senators Call To Bring Back Spanish Fire Training Manuals

U.S. Senators from Oregon and California want federal fire managers to start publishing training materials in Spanish again after translations were discontinued last year.

Sports | Family | Entertainment | local | News

Pendleton Round-Up Brings Old West Nostalgia To Eastern Oregon

The crowds in town for Round-Up events have peaked at 50,000 people in years past, tripling the population of Pendleton.

News | local

Redmond Man Exonerated After Being Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison

The Deschutes County district attorney has dropped the case against a man sentenced to 50 years in prison. Prosecutors say Josh Horner’s guilt was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

Business | Economy | local | News

End Of An Era: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Closes

The tribally-owned resort and spring-fed pool was beloved for generations as a gateway between the Warm Springs reservation and the rest of the world.

News | local

Lack Of Spanish Training Manuals Poses Issues For Wildfire Crews

Many wildfire crews have Spanish-speaking firefighters. That’s why a decade ago, the government created training materials in Spanish. But recently, those manuals were discontinued.

Environment | News | local | Recreation

Judge Rejects Proposed Off-Road Vehicle Trails At Ochoco National Forest

Preliminary ruling scuttles proposed 137-mile trail system and sends USFS back to the drawing board.