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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

News | Politics | local

Former Prosecutor Brings Message Of DA Changes To Bend

“Is there a plan in their office to deal with mass incarceration?” asked former prosecutor Adam Foss.  

News | Environment | local | Water | Economy | Land

Oregon Emergency Director To Visit Flooded Counties After Declining To Declare A Disaster

Local and tribal officials in eastern Oregon are pushing for Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency to help pay for the aftermath of extensive flooding. 

local | Water | News | Health | Environment

The Cost Of Clean Water In Warm Springs

A drinking water system puts people’s health at risk, but the alternatives are hugely expensive, and how to pay hits a nerve on the reservation.

Education | News | local

Elevated Lead Levels In Warm Springs Childcare Building

After lead testing in 2018, people at the Boys and Girls Club of Warm Springs have had to avoid the water in a building that was an elementary school for decades.

News | Science | Agriculture | local | Forestry | Land | Business

Oregon Herbicide Ban Slowed By Chemical Company Appeal

Dead pines nears Sisters set off a state investigation and a proposed ban, but chemical giant Bayer claims this unfairly singles out its product. 

Business | News | local

Bend Bulletin Owner Eyes Sale Of Sister Newspapers

An attorney for Western Communications says the goal is to sell all but two of the company's seven newspapers serving rural Oregon and California.

local | News | Economy | Environment

Conflict To Collaboration: Central Oregon Irrigators Celebrate With Diverse Group

Delivering water in a pipe isn’t a radical idea. Unless you’re talking about modernizing irrigation in Central Oregon.

local | News | Economy | Communities | Land use

Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Nullify Warm Springs Treaty Of 1865

Federal lawmakers say the U.S. defrauded the Tribes 154 years ago, illegally revoking hunting and fishing rights off-reservation.

Energy | News | Environment | Science | local | Water | Sustainability | Education

OSU-Cascades Racks Up Water Research Grants

The Bend campus announced a $2.97 million grant through the U.S. Department of Energy to develop technology for treating the wastewater from fracking.


Deschutes DA Office Cites Turnover, Mistakes In Ask For More Money

A staffing report shows high turnover, low morale and botched work. 

News | local

Taking Shelter In Sisters: 'I'm Not Homeless. I'm An Outsider.'

One emergency service shelter became a flashpoint for a community responding to people on the fringe of its growth.

News | Environment | local | Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Animals

As Herds Grow, BLM Boards Wild Horses On Private Land

The Bureau of Land Management has too many horses, too little grass, and grazing contracts ready for outsourcing.

News | local

Digging Out: Historic Oregon Snowfall Buries Roads, Kills Power

A frolicking good snow week for some Oregonians means surviving blackouts and dangerous roads for others. 

News | NW Life | local

Record-Breaking Snow In Central Oregon; Eugene Sees 8.5 Inches

Bend and Prineville break February records, with more on the way for Central Oregon.

Forestry | News | Politics | local | Environment

Poisoned Pines In Central Oregon To Be Cut

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

Business | News | Economy | local

Wyden Backs Tax Break For Craft Beverage Makers

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

News | local

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.

Business | News | Nation | local

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. 

News | Politics | local

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.

News | local | 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.