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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A mobile crisis counseling service is making itself available to more area high schools this fall. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Good news for Oregon’s hop growers.  The Senate version of the Farm Bill – which passed today – includes an amendment allowing the USDA to tackle several plant diseases that affects hop crops. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden helped craft the provision.

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The Better Business Bureau is warning Eugene-area residents to watch for a scam loan operation. KLCC’s Brian Bull talks to a local man who was nearly bilked by the perpetrators.

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One chapter closes and another begins at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. The East Grandstand was demolished beginning Friday morning, excavators making short work of the 93-year-old structure. 

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With the World Health Organization deeming styrene a probable carcinogen, environmentalists are working to reduce the amount that gets into waterways.

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After 93 years, the East Grandstand of Hayward Field is coming down. Early this morning, excavators began clawing and battering the facility into oblivion. KLCC’s Brian Bull was there, and has this report.

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An employee of the Oregon Department of Transportation is being investigated for an offensive Facebook post involving immigrants.

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The scourge of rats has grown to the point where the City of Eugene is posting free online materials on how to identify and control rat problems. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A contingent of 19 Democratic Senators lambasted the Trump Administration for its “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants today. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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More Oregonians are getting out for hikes as the weather warms up, increasing the chances of encountering wildlife. Officials say to leave animals be, even if they are young and look stranded. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Roughly 15 protesters stood outside Hayward Field in Eugene this hot afternoon. They’re decrying the University of Oregon’s demolition of the East Grandstand. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Penalties for distracted driving will get costlier in Oregon, starting next month. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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The Hilton Eugene will be rebranded, following one of Lane County’s largest real estate deals. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield has a new principal, and will also lose its charter status later this month.

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The demolition of Hayward Field’s East Grandstand in Eugene may not be violating state law, contrary to some activists’ claims. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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Homeless people often lug their belongings with them everywhere they go – which can make them vulnerable to theft. But now the City of Eugene and St. Vincent de Paul are offering them a place to stash their personal items. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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Dismantling of the East Grandstand of Hayward Field in Eugene has begun.

This morning, a crew was seen removing the wooden bench seats from the athletic facility at the University of Oregon.

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Oregon’s legacy of racism - including the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as resistance against such groups - is the focus of an upcoming publication from the state historical society. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the organization is calling for articles.

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The National Park Service and Interior Department have announced $60 million in historic preservation grants to states and tribes, including Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde are celebrating the return of 16 artifacts from Europe. As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, the items are back after nearly 120 years…but aren’t home permanently.

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Today marks 50 years since Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  A Eugene resident says she remembers that night well. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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For those of you suffering from runny, itchy noses and watery eyes in the Willamette Valley, relief is coming...though probably not soon enough. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, allergy season is underway in one of the worst spots in the world.

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The fire that destroyed the Whitsell Mill in Saginaw – south of Eugene - is 100 percent contained and poses no further threat, according to a fire official on site. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Spring. A time when many Oregonians’ thoughts turn to…fresh, locally-grown produce.  And now a state organization says there’s an app for finding the grower closest to you, even while traveling. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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With roughly 648,000 people, Portland stands as the undisputed big city in Oregon. But the runner-up isn’t as clear. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one researcher says Eugene beats Salem as second-largest city by a decent margin.

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A bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana is gaining supporters in the U.S. Senate, including two lawmakers from Oregon.

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A Loyola University psychology professor who’s worked with juvenile offenders is in Eugene today. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, James Garbarino argues there needs to be more leniency in how the justice system handles youths.

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Data hacks, compromised firewalls, and breaches in general have drawn headlines, and boosted the industry charged with safeguarding companies from these threats.  Now an expanding global cyber-security firm has opened an office in downtown Eugene.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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This week, the Springfield community marked the 20th anniversary of the Thurston School Shooting.  The tragedy preceded many technological developments, including smart phones and social media.

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Last night, nearly 200 people gathered in Springfield’s William S. Fort Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the event was to mark 20 years since the Thurston School Shooting.

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