Alec Cowan

News Intern

Alec Cowan joined the KLCC News Team as an intern in April 2018.  He currently produces podcasts for the University of Oregon Emerald, and is part of the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue.  Alec will be a Snowden Intern at KLCC during the Summer of 2018.

Ways to Connect

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It’s easy for Oregonians not to think about how their favorite products get to store shelves. But as KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, a shortage of truck drivers could start affecting everything sold in the United States.

City of Eugene

After signs of success the Corvallis Police Department is expanding its bait bike program.

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Afghan street artist Shamsia Hassani murals featuring a single female character throughout the world. It can be found on the side of Capella Market in Eugene. KLCC’s Alec Cowan brings us this audio postcard on the power of the female voice for this year’s 20x21 Eugene Mural Project.

(Hulbert Field)

As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon forests animals may be searching new places for food and shelter – sometimes in residential areas.

(Wikimedia Commons)

Matsutake mushroom season is upon Oregon and residents can get permits starting September 4.

(Lane County)

City officials decided the revitalization of Eugene’s City Hall will merge with two other downtown projects. 

(NRCS Oregon)

A new report from the USDA shows this fall could be a record setting harvest for hazelnuts in Oregon. As KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, this may mean a bigger international footprint.

(Sam Swetland)

The Terwilliger Fire off Highway 126 near Blue River is now burning more than 1,200 acres and is 1% contained. Smoky conditions limited crews’ ability to determine the exact perimeter of the fire until Tuesday night.

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Nepalese artist H11235  is painting Eugene’s streets as part of a sister city program with Khatmandu. KLCC’s Alec Cowan brings us this audio postcard on the latest addition being painted across from Good Year Tires for Eugene’s 20x21 Mural Project.

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Haze from wildfires continues to plague the southern Willamette valley as wind carries smoke from Washington and Canada. Air levels are currently at a high moderate level in Eugene and throughout central and southern Oregon.

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This weekend, thousands of people gathered in Cottage Grove to try to reclaim the world record for most people in togas.  As KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, the effort was just one of many events marking the 40th anniversary of a comedy film shot in Oregon.


The Eugene School Board has approved its final number for this fall’s proposed bond measure: $319 million.

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Mountain Rose Herbs opened a new milling facility in West Eugene. KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports on how the unique addition is a big step for sustainability.

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Recycling has become increasingly difficult since the international market changed what plastics it's willing to take. To help encourage local recycling Lane County Waste Management is putting on a free plastics roundup  at the Glenwood Transfer Station on September 30.


While the southern Willamette Valley has only seen moderate effects from wildfires this season, stretches from northern and southern Oregon continue to endure unhealthy air quality.

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Wildfire smoke has descended upon Eugene and the southern Willamette Valley Tuesday. Air quality levels were listed as “moderate” Wednesday. Air at this level can be unhealthy for those with breathing and lung problems, as well as children and those who are elderly.


The Eugene Water and Electric Board is using its recent property sale to help pay for its Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Project. The $100 million retrofit of the McKenzie River dam is EWEB’s largest construction project ever built.

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The Emerald People’s Utility District cut the ribbon on six new electric vehicle charging stations in Eugene today. 


Calls from Publisher’s Clearing House, the IRS or family members in trouble are among the latest wave of scams hitting residents of Eugene and Springfield.

(Wild Spotter)

Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest is joining a nationwide effort to track invasive species. 


Eugene-based tea company Yogi moved into its new west-Eugene building last week. 

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Governor Kate Brown stopped in Eugene today to speak on the importance of affordable housing in Oregon. 

Willamette National Forest

Fire managers for the Willamette National Forest announced today they are banning the use of campfires in all wilderness areas. This includes all land within the boundaries of the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests.

(St. Vincent de Paul)

After hearing from the community, St. Vincent de Paul is withdrawing its proposal for a Youth House on Bethel School District Property.

(Christy Inskip for Oregon House District Seven)

Legislative candidate Christy Inskip launched her campaign for Oregon’s 7th District today. KLCC’s Alec Cowan caught up with the Democratic nominee to hear more about her campaign.

(Eugene Police Department)

As part of a summer initiatve to understand public safety concerns, the City of Eugene has unveiled an online survey for residents. An increasing population has led to changes in the police and fire department’s ability to address safety.

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Puerto Rican muralist Alexis Diaz is known for his intricate brush work, and that’s why he’s featured in this year’s 20x21 Eugene Mural Project. KLCC’s Alec Cowan brings us this bilingual audio postcard about his mammoth addition down by the tracks of the Whiteaker. 

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Freshwater mussel populations are on the decline nationally, and little is known about why. KLCC’s Alec Cowan went downriver to bring us this report on an environmental study in Eugene trying to find some answers.

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For Eugene 20x21 Mural Project Japanese artist Aiko is bringing stencil work and heritage to the city streets. She’s painting her mural on 6th street’s Parcade across from the Hult Center. To learn more, KLCC’s Alec Cowan brings us this audio postcard. 

(University of Oregon)

USA Track and Field announced today that the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials are coming to Eugene.

The announcement comes during Hayward Field’s rise from rubble, and the stadium’s renovation is planned to finish just in time for the trials.