Melorie Begay

Diversity Fellow

Melorie Begay is the Diversity Fellow for KLCC News. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.

The Diversity Fellow position was created in 2018 and is funded by the KLCC Public Radio Foundation.

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Since 2017, the City of Springfield has proclaimed October 14 as Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, the city raised the flags of two of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes. The flags, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, were gifted to the city.

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The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is recognizing 10 years of offering solutions to cities and communities across Oregon. This year, SCYP will partner with the Lane Transit District to explore projects like climate responsive design, bike shares, and tourism.

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Last year, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared substance abuse addiction a public health crisis. Since then, Portland, Medford, Jackson County, and Klamath County have followed suit. Today Lane County joined in, but not without debate. 

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KLCC's Community Conversation aired live October 4 with a lineup of expert panelists on race, mental health, news and the media. Speakers answered questions about the KKK's presence in Oregon, growing political and racial divisions, the upcoming presidential election, and more.

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A  museum exhibit in Springfield is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring traditional Charro and Charra attire. The museum is also recognizing a long lost South American relationship. KLCC’s Melorie Begay toured the exhibit with a few of the organizers.

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Senior citizens aren’t the only ones vulnerable to scam calls. The Oregon FBI says international students should be cautious as well when answering the phone this school year. 

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Incidents of hate and racism are on the rise in Oregon. Is the political climate fostering hate and how has the state’s history led us to where we are now? What's the media's role in this?

Join us for a special live on-air panel featuring experts in race, media, and health on October 4 from 1 - 2 pm.

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Another candidate has filed to run for a seat on the Lane County Board of County Commissioners. South Eugene district voters can expect to see Joel Iboa's name on their ballots in May. 

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In a move to symbolically reaffirm Lane County’s work toward addressing the issue, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution, 4-1, Tuesday. The resolution declares a homelessness emergency in Lane County.

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After hearing testimony from several recovering addicts, the Eugene City Council is looking into declaring a public health crisis over substance abuse addiction. 


Recorded On: September 6, 2019

Air Date: September 9, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

With the 2020 census soon approaching, state legislatures and local governments will be redrawing districts to ensure population equality.  Politics can and often does influence this process. Manipulation of political boundaries is on the minds of many people in the politically charged environment leading up to the November 2020 election.

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In 2009, Full Access and the Oregon Supported Living Program, started the “Look Me In The Eye” campaign. The initiative addresses exclusion that people with disabilities often face.

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The University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees has unanimously voted Friday to name the new Black Cultural Center after Lyllye Reynolds-Parker. The center is set to open in October.

Athena Delene (Photo provided courtesy of Lane Arts Council)

For the 5th year in a row, Fiesta Cultural will offer the Eugene-Springfield area a snapshot of Latin American arts, music, dance and more. The fiesta starts with this Friday with a kick off celebration in Eugene’s Kesey Square. 

The city has a budget of around $20,000 earmarked for the issue. Newport’s Homelessness Task Force has 15 recommendations they'll present to city councilors on Tuesday.

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The University of Oregon’s president has chosen a finalist for the namesake of the campus’ new Black Cultural Center. Now, the Board of Trustees will decide whether the BCC will be named after UO alumna Lyllye Reynolds-Parker.

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The Eugene Saturday Market will add another booth to its International Food Court starting mid-September. Irie Jamaican Kitchen is the first addition to the International Food Court in 10 years.

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After 4 months of investigations, Eugene police now have a married couple in custody for the death of Lane Community College student Alex Oyombe Gradin. The EPD said motives for his murder are gang-related, but Gradin was not affiliated with said activity.                          

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Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis has launched her 2020 reelection campaign Wednesday. After nearly 3 years in office, addressing homelessness in the city remains among her top priorities.

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Coordinators with Egan Warming Centers have yet to find a new Springfield emergency shelter for the upcoming winter season. The St. Vincent de Paul program is exploring all possibilities, including buying a building. 

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Owners of Mi Tierra, a family-run grocery store and restaurant, are on the hunt for a new location after their lease ends this month. They see it as a chance to expand.

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Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there’s been an increase in hate crimes nationally. The public has been shocked by incidents including the killings of 11 Jewish worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and most recently 22 mostly Latino people at a Walmart in El Paso. But subtler messages have also contributed to the climate of hate. KLCC’s Melorie Begay takes a look at one incident that happened earlier this summer in Eugene.

Clinical research funding for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders remains stagnant compared to the National Institutes of Health’s overall budget, according to a recent study.

The Trump Administration announced changes to immigration regulations on Monday. It would penalize immigrants for using services like SNAP or Medicaid. Lane County’s food bank, however, wants people to know using their services won’t affect their immigration process.

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A gun-wielding pro-Trump rally was overwhelmed by counter protestors in downtown Eugene, Saturday. An estimated crowd of 300 people overflowed the Free Speech Plaza onto 8th avenue. Despite one arrest and some heated confrontations, the events remained mostly peaceful.

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A crowd gathered outside the Springfield Public Library’s plaza Tuesday, they want the local government to pass tougher gun laws, and to stand against white supremacy.

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More than 80 people showed up to Alton Baker Park in Eugene Tuesday night to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings in Japan. This year organizers planted a tree of peace. 

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A Eugene “God, Guns, and Trump Rally” is stirring controversy after organizers for the event encouraged participants to bring firearms. They plan to gather on Saturday afternoon at the Free Speech Plaza downtown.

Top photo: Melorie Begay | Bottom photo: Saint Vincent de Paul

A Eugene Church recently broke ground on phase 2 of their housing initiative to help people in need of homes. The project comes a year after the congregation helped change a city land-use code. 

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The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, is now 45% contained due to favorable weather conditions and fire crews working around the clock.