Brian Bull

Reporter & Interim News Director

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 21 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, and most recently the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists, and has been a guest faculty at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. He's married and has three children, and three cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here: http://capradio2017.nextgenerationradio.org/

Ways to Connect

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The Very Little Theatre in Eugene opens its 90th season this month, with the horror classic, Dracula.  KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher – a lifetime member of VLT – talked to its president, Karen Scheeland, about the theatre’s nearly century-old legacy.  She begins with how its namesake came about.

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It’ll soon be legal to salvage roadkilled deer and elk in Oregon.

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Oregon's gubernatorial candidates faced off in their final debate last night.  Incumbent Democrat Kate Brown and Republican State Representative Knute Buehler clashed over housing, taxes, abortion, the state sanctuary law, the death penalty...you get the gist.

KLCC political reporter Dirk VanderHart was there and joins KLCC's Brian Bull to summarize the face-off.

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If any bipartisanship still exists in Congress, it’s on earthquake preparedness. A bill that aims to reduce risks to life and property has cleared the U.S. Senate.  KLCC's Brian Bull reports.

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The major party candidates for Oregon governor faced off on a debate stage for the first time last night.

 

Democrat Kate Brown, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes have agreed to debate three this month.  This first forum was unusual in that the questions came from kids.

 

OPB political reporter Lauren Dake was at Roosevelt High School in North Portland for the debate. She talks to KLCC's Brian Bull about the issues raised by the audience.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley has filed an emergency motion in his lawsuit over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

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Oregon’s Native American students largely struggle to keep pace with their non-Indian peers.  Graduation rates and attendance are low, while dropouts are high. In this months’ segment for the series, “Native Voices of Oregon” KLCC’s Brian Bull talks to Indian educators about the challenges their students face, and what’s being done to brighten their prospects.

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Oregon will soon see its first service office for Native American veterans. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Jobs For Felons

The 17-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s shooting on Bailey Lane has been charged as an adult, and identified.

Lane County Circuit Court papers say Mason Everett Wood faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and unlawful use of a weapon.

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Citing a violation of the separation of powers, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon says he’s filed an injunction to delay a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh…President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Eugene Police say a 17-year-old man has been taken into custody, following an hours-long stand-off with law enforcement in an area around High/Mill Streets and 14th/15th Avenues. 

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As families prepare college applications and research financial aid opportunities, officials are warning them to avoid scams through online ads and seminars.

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Eugene Police are responding to reports of shots being fired this morning at the 2900 block of Bailey Lane.

In a press conference held this morning, EPD Lt. Jen Bills says a man was taken to a hospital after being shot.  EPD and a bystander were able to administer aid until Eugene Springfield Fire EMS transported the victim.  A male suspect was seen driving a small white sedan - possibly a Toyota Corolla or a Chevy - and the entirety of Bailey Lane is being treated as a crime scene. 

Jackson County Sheriff's Office

A Cave Junction man who threated YouTube workers and its CEO will make his initial appearance in federal magistrate court Monday. 

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Three Eugene weightlifters have come back from a global competition, with gold.

Eugene Police Department

UPDATE: This evening, an alert person who saw coverage of this suspect phoned EPD with a report he was in the café area of the Eugene Library.

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Lane Bloodworks, a non-profit blood service in Eugene, is rolling out a new app today that’s intended to increase blood donations from millennials.

Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce

Last month, we reported on the 40th anniversary “Animal House” celebration, including Cottage Grove’s attempt to reclaim the record for World’s Largest Toga Party.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has an update.

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An ex-Springfield Police employee says she feels vindicated by a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

It states that the City of Springfield’s attempt to have Thelma Barone sign away her right to criticize the city, departments, or employees was unconstitutional.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Cooling temperatures and increased precipitation means prescribed burns will soon be allowed again throughout Douglas County. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports this can help to prevent wildfires.

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Opponents of Measure 105 gathered outside the Springfield Public Library yesterday. If approved, the ballot measure would eliminate Oregon’s decades-old immigrant sanctuary law. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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It’s common for kids to do headstands and blow bubbles. But whales? Marine researchers are seeing these creatures in a different light thanks to unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Crews are steadily gaining on wildfires, thanks to cooler, damper weather settling in across the Pacific Northwest.

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The man serving 112 years for the 1998 Thurston High School shooting has petitioned the nation’s highest court to review his sentence. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Eugene residents have until midnight tonight to share their thoughts on how safe they feel for a citywide online survey.

10 Barrel Brewing

The last Blockbuster Video in America is officially in Bend, after several Alaskan stores closed this year.  And soon, proud residents can drink to its success.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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Eugene police say they’re ahead of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that came out this week, that says cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have no other option.

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A new public transit service links the coastal cities of Florence and Yachats.  It launched September 4th and will run on a pilot basis through June 30th of next year.

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A theatre troupe for people with disabilities kicks off its latest show Friday night in Cottage Grove.

The inspiration for “Creative Chaos” came when its founder, Carmen Dowell, watched a friend with Downs Syndrome get turned away from an audition ten years ago.

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A hydraulic oil spill into the McKenzie River last March has earned a paper company a $20,000 fine. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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