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. 

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Last night, at least 250 Black Unity supporters gathered in Eugene to protest against racism and police brutality. The march honored teenagers who were killed by police officers. 


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The COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns have been especially hard on seniors who were expecting to celebrate major milestones this season, including graduation. Now, a South Eugene High schooler recounts what it was like having half of her last semester online.

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The COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns have been especially hard on seniors who were expecting to celebrate major milestones this season, including graduation. But a South Eugene High schooler is making do with the changes. 

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In Eugene, roughly 50 public defenders and attorneys marched downtown in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The protest was part of a national effort for attorneys to support the BLM protests. 

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On Friday, roughly one hundred people gathered outside on the sidewalk near Sizzle Pie in downtown Eugene. While there, Black Lives Matter supporters created posters for the cause.

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For the seventh night in a row, at least 400 people gathered in Eugene to protest the killing of George Floyd. But the protesters remained unified and peaceful.


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For the sixth night in a row, at least 500 people gathered in Eugene to protest the killing of George Floyd. Overall, the protest was mostly peaceful.


Lane Transit District

 

Lane Transit District will resume regular Sunday bus service beginning June 7. Passengers are asked to only take essential trips and wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

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According to Sgt. Carrie Carver, someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has stayed inside the Lane County Jail. But she said the arrestee remained isolated from others.

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On Tuesday, Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio announced he has secured $76,000 in grant funding for improvements to Lane Transit District’s RideSource program.

The goal of the funding is to improve health outcomes and decrease health disparities experienced by disadvantaged communities. This includes senior citizens, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.

KLCC News

 

For the third night in a row, the City of Eugene has implemented a curfew for the downtown area, starting at 10pm tonight, until 6am Tuesday morning.  The curfew applies to the area from High Street to Polk Street and from 14th Avenue to 4th Avenue. 

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On Sunday, at least 7,000 people rallied in Eugene to protest the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. The protest also comes after other incidents that have gained national attention—including the death of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, as well as a confrontation videotaped by Christian Cooper

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After the death of George Floyd, protests have erupted across the nation in response to racism and police brutality. In Eugene, an estimated crowd of 7,000-10,000 people peacefully came together on Sunday to promote equality. 

Lane Transit District

 

 

On Wednesday, Lane Transit District held a virtual public hearing on its proposed budget for next year. 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LTD is projecting a $12 million reduction in employer and employee payroll taxes, fares, special services, and group pass program over the next year. Revenue that supports more than 80% of LTD’s annual operations. 

Centro Latino Americano

 

Latinx community members make up 25% of Lane County COVID-19 cases, despite being 9% of the county’s total population. Now, the county is working to test more people.

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Although it’s too soon to tell, Lane County could be on track for phase two of reopening. The second phase could mean increased office work, larger public gatherings, and limited visitation to nursing homes.

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As K-12 schools complete the remainder of the academic year online, encouraging students to login for classes can be difficult. But the Eugene 4J district’s efforts to keep students engaged seems to be working.

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As school districts prepare for impending state budget cuts, they’re trying to find ways to lower costs. Now, Eugene 4J is looking at reducing some of its  programs. 

 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eugene 4J school district is anticipating an $8.3 million reduction in state funding. To save funding for next year’s budget, the school district will implement scheduled furlough days.

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Since Governor Kate Brown approved Lane County’s first reopening phase, schools are figuring out how soon they can put students back in the classroom. For some Lane Community College students, they may be back on campus beginning next week. 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kate Brown is preparing state departments for budget cuts—including the Oregon Department of Education. For the Bethel School District, a 17% reduction in state funding would be a $6.5 million dollar budget cut. 

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For non-English speakers, a lack of signs representing their native language could prevent residents from coming to downtown Eugene. But a UO Spanish linguistics class looked at ways to make downtown signs more inclusive.

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On Tuesday, Lane County voters approved a Lane Community College bond measure. Now, the funds will be used to repair buildings and expand their programs.

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On Monday, the Springfield School Board unanimously approved an amendment to the 2019-2020 calendar. Beginning May 22, employees will have scheduled furlough days through July 31.

Oregon State University

 

If you’re a parent or teacher struggling with online learning, you may be in luck. Oregon State University’s Ecampus has published free reference guides on educational technologies and online teaching practices.

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As Oregon residents gear up for the 2020 presidential election, it is a defining moment for first time voters. Since Super Tuesday in March, four young adults in Eugene have explained how recent events will impact the way they will vote in the primary.

Lane Transit District

 

As the pandemic continues to impact the economy, Lane Transit District is also taking revenue hits. LTD is making staff reductions in order to balance their operating budget.

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For Lane County residents, next Tuesday’s election will include voting on a Lane Community College bond measure.

The almost $122 million project would upgrade the college’s facilities, and ultimately expand their programs.

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On May 19, Lane County residents will vote on a Lane Community College bond measure—a $121.5 million project to upgrade the college’s facilities and programs.

Public Domain

Those who have faced financial hardships due to the pandemic, may be concerned about being evicted. But Oregon renters cannot legally face eviction for at least another month.

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