Elizabeth Gabriel

KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

Elizabeth Gabriel is the second KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She covers stories related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in rhetoric and writing, as well as radio, television, and film. Her radio experience includes participating in NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. For the assignment, she profiled Kate Hellenbrand—75 at the time—who is known as “America’s Godmother of Tattooing.” She also has interned with the news department at KUT in Austin, TX, and most recently completed an internship with KRBD in Ketchikan, AK, where she worked as a news reporter and hosted Morning Edition. 

 

Oregon State University’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations will include a speech and Q&A with a civil rights activist. Angela Davis will be OSU’s virtual keynote speaker.

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The Eugene 4J school district unanimously approved a COVID-19 temporary leave program during their Wednesday school board meeting. This comes after the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on Dec. 31.

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After schools closed for winter break, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Dec. 23 that school reopening restrictions would shift from mandatory to advisory recommendations. This was with the goal of having more schools statewide return to some form of in-person learning by Feb. 15. 

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Athletics will resume for Eugene 4J school district students on Jan. 25. Director of High School Education Andy Dey said some sports, such as football, basketball, dance, cheer, and wrestling will not have competitions.  

Lane Community College

 

Lane Community College’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will include a speech from an activist known as the “father of environmental justice.” Dr. Robert Bullard hopes to inspire the next generation of environmental activists of color.

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A group of local plaintiffs represented by the Civil Liberties Defense Center who are suing the City of Eugene and the Eugene Police Department for during Black Lives Matter protests in late May.

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The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission released the Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOP) report in Dec. 2020, reviewing which community groups are disproportionately stopped by police officers.

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Lane County Public Health is offering two free COVID-19 testing opportunities for Eugene 4J families and staff.

Lane Transit District

 

Lane Transit District will resume collecting bus fare on all routes starting Monday, Feb. 1.

Lane Transit District

 

The Lane Transit District has recently replaced a historical marker stationed along a bus route after it was defaced in July. The display is in honor of one of Eugene’s first Black families.

NextStep Recycling

 

As the New Year begins, it’s time to start thinking about ways to dispose of holiday waste. Lane County’s WasteWise has suggested ways to recycle electronics, trees and holiday packaging.

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A professor at Oregon State University released a report last month that compared cigarette usage among racial and ethnic groups. Researchers found disparities in the effectiveness of anti-smoking measures.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they are seeing an increase in reports of sick birds on yards and at feeders. The ODFW recommends people disinfect bird feeders more often.

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The South Umpqua School District announced Tuesday that all schools will begin in-person instruction after the winter break.

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The Eugene organization Youth Era is opening a drop-in center for students in need of resources. The program will begin as soon as COVID-19 protocols allow.

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Administrators at the University of Oregon have stopped taking pay cuts, despite a $3.4 million dollar budget deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oakridge School District

The Oakridge School District and the Oakridge Education Association reached a tentative agreement Wednesday for working conditions during the pandemic.

Springfield Police Department

 

The Chief of the Springfield Police Department spoke during a recent Springfield City Club meeting. He provided an update on body-worn cameras.

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Eugene’s Civilian Review Board (CRB) discussed a community impact case Tuesday involving the investigation into the Police Department’s use of force during protests in May. The board agreed with most of EPD’s adjudication.

Oakridge School District

In response to complaints about the Oakridge School District’s superintendent, the board unanimously approved an investigation into the complaints at its meeting Monday evening. But minimal information was provided about the process.

This Tuesday the Eugene Citizen Review Board will provide an update on its investigation into the police department’s response to Black Lives Matter protests in late-May.

Oakridge School District

Community members in the Oakridge School District are petitioning to remove Superintendent Reta Doland after staff said she hasn’t supported them during the pandemic.

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The City of Springfield held a virtual public forum Thursday evening for community members to share their experience at a Black Lives Matter protest in late July. Most participants spoke against the Springfield Police Department's actions.

Springfield Police Department

The City of Springfield is holding a virtual public forum Thursday evening for community members to share their experience at a Black Lives Matter protest in the Thurston neighborhood last July. The information is part of an external investigation into the city police department’s use of force during the protest.

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The Eugene 4J school district has served more than one million meals since they switched to online learning in mid-march. Now the district is expanding to also provide dinner to local youth.

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Although Lane County Public Health has limited their contract tracing capacity, the University of Oregon is continuing to contact students who may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

" class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">Kassy Fisher is on the UO’s Incident Management Team. She said the university is working to reach students who may not answer their phone.

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The Eugene 4J district unanimously approved their All Students Belong policy during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The new rule will ban the presence of hate symbols, such as a swastika, noose and the Confederate flag.

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Amid the global generosity movement of Giving Tuesday, people far and wide are donating to community organizations. This year, two Oregon school districts are receiving support after being impacted by wildfires in Sept.

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Multiple environmental justice groups in Eugene hung two banners on a footbridge near Alton Baker Park on Sunday. The act was in solidarity with the Indigenous Land Defenders, who are fighting against the construction of a pipeline in Canada.

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The return to in-person learning is not just about low coronavirus numbers among the community. School district staff have to rethink almost all aspects of school in order to abide by COVID-19 protocols.

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