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/

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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. 

OregonWeightlifting.com

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Oregon State University / Marine Mammal Institute, OSU

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.

Inciweb

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

Geoff Livingston (U.S. Supreme Court) / Flickr.com

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Don Hankins / Flickr.com

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.

Mark Brennan / Siuslaw News

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.

Eugene Police Department

On Labor Day just shy of 1:00 am, a man reported that his Chevy Tahoe had been ransacked in the 2800 block of Dry Creek Road. At least five other incidents have happened in the same neighborhood, according to Eugene Police.

An Oregonian revolutionized the sport of high jumping.  Now the “Fosbury Flop” is the only technique used in the sport. 

United States Forest Service

UPDATE: As of 7:10 pm Monday (9/3), the Terwilliger Fire 60 miles east of Eugene-Springfield continues to burn in rugged terrain.

Fechi Fajardo / Flickr.com

A new day service center for people suffering from cognitive disabilities or brain injuries opens Tuesday in Eugene. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Inciweb

As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest, tourism officials are urging people not to be scared off from local attractions.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, their appeal comes before Labor Day weekend -- the last major travel period for summer.

David Prasad / Flickr.com

The Labor Day weekend travel holiday will see 35 million motorists taking to the highways…5 million of those hitting the West Coast.

U.S. Forest Service / USDA

Forest officials say nationwide, at least 19 incidents involving drones and fire-fighting aircraft have happened this year. And they’re rebuking suggestions fire crews simply shoot them down.

Doc Slyter / Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

Construction is wrapping up on a special fish ladder at Eel Creek north of Coos Bay.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s to help the regional lamprey population rebound.

Kelly Teague / Flickr.com

The International Trade Commission has unanimously decided to roll back tariffs that the Trump Administration imposed on Canadian newsprint. 

Inciweb

INCIWEB UPDATE:  As of 8:41am Saturday, the Terwilliger Fire is currently at 8,122 acres, with 633 personnel battling it over steep terrain.  It is 23 percent contained.

Inciweb

The air throughout the Southern Willamette Valley is expected to get smokier and hazier between now and Wednesday night. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

Eugene Police Department

Investigators with the Eugene Police Department are looking for help identifying three suspects in the shattering of a window at Eugene Toy & Hobby. 

Inciweb

UPDATE as of 5:43pm 8/26/18: 382 personnel are working on the fire, and the Terwilliger Fire is now at 5,398 acres. The fire is on both the east and west sides of the Cougar Reservoir. 

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