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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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Water Crisis Returns To Warm Springs As Virus Cases Rise

Thousands of people are without safe tap water on the Warm Springs reservation, leading to concerns about hydration and sanitation just as cases of COVID-19 spike.

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Postcards From The Pandemic: Surviving COVID's First Wave

Baby Brave Bear was born in February this year, just as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S. Soon, his entire family was ill and fighting to survive COVID-19's first wave. 

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Pandemic Adds Urgency To Census Effort On Tribal Lands

An accurate Census count matters for pandemic relief, but the campaign faces considerable barriers. 

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Rural Oregon Leaders Mull Revolt Against COVID-19 Reopening Rules

Resentments over restrictions boiled over in rural communities with few COVID-19 cases, as local leaders watch large crowds demonstrate for racial equality while church and other gatherings remain prohibited.

local | News | Politics

Bend's Republican State Lawmaker Denounces Trump

Rep. Cheri Helt called President Donald Trump unfit over his handling of Floyd’s death

local | NW Life | Economy | Business | Health | Food | News

Postcards From The Pandemic: ‘I Started To Rethink How I Value Myself’

Carina Peterson was laid off from her job as a cook for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she made more money through unemployment benefits.

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Deschutes County Could Go Rogue On Opening Churches

Deschutes County leaders didn’t consult their own health department before considering a measure that supports churches fully reopening. 

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After Outbreak, No Running Water On Parts Of Warm Springs Reservation

Pandemic slows response to elderly residents without sinks or showers. 

local | News

Ahead Of Memorial Day, Spike In Deschutes County Cases Linked To Social Gatherings

A week after Deschutes County successfully helped lead the charge to reopen Oregon, a spike in COVID-19 cases is testing the public health system’s ability to track and contain the virus.

local | News | Politics

Race For Congress: Cliff Bentz Takes Primary Win In Historic GOP Power Shift

It's the first time rural Oregon will elect a new leader to Congress in 22 years. 

Health | local | Economy | News | Business

31 Oregon Counties Approved To Reopen Business As Of Friday

The list of counties that can reopen restaurants, bars, salons and malls includes five of the state's 10 largest cities.

local | World | Family | Economy | Business | Politics | Health | News

Oregon Counties In The Dark About Friday Reopening Odds

Chaotic process just days before elected leaders from 33 counties hope to lift restrictions on businesses has left some leaders and business owners wondering when — or if — they can reopen.

Health | local | News | Politics

Masks, Quarantine To Be Mandatory On Warm Springs Reservation

Tribal leaders are taking more drastic measures than state, counties.  

local | Election | News | Politics

How Coronavirus Changed The Race For Rural Oregon’s Highest Office

Traditional politics are out. And no one is certain what the winning strategy will be in Oregon's only GOP stronghold. 

Health | local | News | Business

A Year After Deep Cuts, Harney County Hopes Public Health Can Save Its Economy

A year ago, the Harney County Health Department was in trouble. Now, despite staff and budget cuts, it could be key to the county's efforts to be the first in Oregon to reopen its economy.

Health | local | NW Life | News

Postcards From The Pandemic: Sick And Untested In Portland

Oregon is among many states struggling to offer widespread testing, leaving sick Portlanders like Betsy Harper in the dark.

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St. Charles Hospital Expects To Start Coronavirus Testing For Quicker Results

St. Charles' modeling of the pandemic shows a peak in cases still more than three weeks away.

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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 | local | News | Education

Postcards From The Pandemic: Shut-In Oregon Kids

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

local | News

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.