Karen Richards


Karen Richards has been a KLCC reporter since the fall of 2012.

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While there won't be a free festival area outside Hayward at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, there will be a food court for ticketed fans. KLCC checked in with one company that jumped at the chance to be there.  

Karen Richards

For fans with Olympic Trials tickets, information about the event has been slow to come and sometimes confusing.

Karen Richards

Day One of the NCAA Track and Field Championships was the first chance for many out-of-town fans and coaches to experience the new Hayward Field. Here's an audio postcard.

Karen Richards / KLCC


Nine women and 15 men from the University of Oregon qualified for next week’s NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. The meet, which runs June 9th to 12th will be the first at the new stadium to invite ticketed fans.

Scott Touchette

A woodworking class at Springfield High School stepped up to build a Japanese arch for the race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.

Karen Richards

With no fans at sporting events, the past year has been lean for hotels and restaurants near the University of Oregon. Businesses expect a boost from two big track and field meets in June, but there are also challenges.

Karen Richards

A bond that would have helped rebuild the McKenzie School District’s 70-year-old elementary school failed to pass in Tuesday’s special election.

Karen Richards

Voters turned down a Lane Fire Authority levy last November. Advocates hope a smaller levy and better messaging will help them pass a property tax increase May 18th.

Karen Richards

TrackTown USA has news for spectators of this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement Thursday that based on Hayward Field’s capacity and current health protocols, they cannot honor the number of tickets already sold.



The University of Oregon sent an email to graduating students Tuesday announcing the addition of two in-person events to this spring’s commencement ceremonies.

Karen Richards

The Eugene Ballet moved to its new location at 16th and Pearl about two months ago. As KLCC’s Karen Richards reports, it’s artfully stretching into a place designed for its needs.


Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

The Eugene 4J School Board has a suite of candidates vying for three positions on the May 18th ballot.


Ocean Conservancy

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item. 


Karen Richards / KLCC

Friday and Saturday’s Hayward Premiere meet featured some Oregon wins, plenty of PR’s, and some wide-eyed expressions of awe from visiting athletes and guests as they took in the new stadium for the first time. 

Madison Wilson, Eugene Public Library Foundation

The Eugene Public Library may soon be lending the internet. KLCC has more on a campaign to raise money for portable wifi hotspots.


Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

The CDC and the Oregon Health Authority recently announced classrooms can reduce physical distancing from six feet to three. Decisions now fall to each district whether and how to change in-person learning.


Karen Richards

The new Hayward Field has been ready and set for quite a while; now, it’s nearly “go” time. The University of Oregon announced today (Wednesday) the venue will host its first invitational meet, the Hayward Premiere, on April 2nd and 3rd. 

Minto Island Tea Co.

A new “Farm2Food” accelerator grant in Oregon and Washington aims to help women farmers expand their businesses. Amy Gilroy with the Oregon Department of Agriculture said the program is the first of its kind. 

Eugene Airport

Eugene airport officials say increased travel demand reflects confidence in the vaccine rollout and declining COVID-19 cases.

Photos provided to Bethel School District

Bethel School District has pared down the field of candidates to replace retiring superintendent Chris Parra from 21 to three. The school board will have a second round of interviews Thursday, after conducting background checks.


This week, kindergarteners and first graders in Bethel and Eugene are going into their classrooms for the first time since the pandemic shutdown.


Imelda Cortez

As Oregon districts shift some class time back into school buildings, one Eugene educator shares what teaching over the past year has been like, and what to expect.

Zoom screenshot

Last (Monday) night, the Oakridge School Board voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Reta Doland’s contract. Board member Tami Edmunds read a statement that began:

“We the Oakridge School Board have completed the evaluation of Superintendent Doland. We find that she has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills during a global pandemic… She is a great spokesperson for the needs and the vision of a small district.” 


Karen Richards

There’s a lot to learn about back to school as Eugene 4-J brings some students back into classrooms this spring.


Karen Richards

Eugene 4J elementary school parents who’ve chosen to remain in comprehensive distance learning should expect some changes before spring break. Spokesperson Kerry Delf said because most people chose the hybrid model, those staying online are more likely to be assigned a new teacher.

Lane Arts Council

While students were away because of COVID-19, one area school filled its halls and walls with art. 

Oregon Athletics

Track fans, take note: A modified U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials is in the works. USA Track and Field announced an updated competition schedule today. The 10-day event, to be held at the new Hayward Field in Eugene, is slated to run June 18th through the 27th. 

Karen Richards, via Zoom replay

After the Holiday Farm Fire, the McKenzie School District Board discouraged voters from passing a long-planned facilities bond. Now, the bond has been restructured for the May ballot.

Bruce Damonte

While many Oregonians have cloistered inside, working from home, a project that intends to significantly boost the Willamette Valley economy has quietly started operations. KLCC takes a look at the University of Oregon's Knight Campus

Karen Richards

While many people complain of not knowing what day it is lately, Oregon high school sports are mixing up the seasons. Fall sports began their seasons Monday. That includes cross country, soccer and football, which the Oregon Health Authority cleared for competition just last week.