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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

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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 | local | News | 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. 

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Bend's First Mayoral Debate Focuses On City's Growth Issues

Front and center at the first debate for the city's first-ever mayoral election: how to handle the Bend's rapid growth.

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Evacuations Downgraded For Wildfire Burning Near Mosier

Containment of the wildfire burning near Mosier, Oregon, is estimated at 50 percent as of Sunday evening. 

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For-Profit Firefighters Find Business In An At-Risk Oregon Community

In a tax-averse but fire-prone part of Southwest Oregon, residents are turning to for-profit firefighters to keep their homes safe.

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Former Portland Police Chief Loses Certification For 10 Years

A state board voted Thursday to ban former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea from serving in law enforcement agencies for 10 years.

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As NW Farmers Brace For Trade Wars, USDA Announces Aid

The federal plan released Tuesday outlined three programs to pay producers and develop new markets, but lacked specifics.

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Warm Springs Elders Protest Possible Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Closure

Managers say the longtime vacation destination is losing money. 

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Buehler's Platform Builds On Health Care Reform

The GOP's gubernatorial candidate pushes a health care reform plan with six broad goals.