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July 22, 2021

A Hidden Death: Last year a Eugene man was arrested during a mental health crisis

Ardeshir Tabrizian | The man died two days after deputies knelt on his back at the Lane County Jail.

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June 17, 2021

Swept Away: The CDC said to let the homeless stay at their camps during COVID

Joanna Mann, Jennah Pendleton, Addie Peterson and Silas Sloan | Eugene officials have forced unhoused people to move from their campsites more than 1,600 times since the COVID-19 pandemic began, flouting federal health guidelines.

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May 24, 2021

The Long Division: Gervais turns to unconventional methods to keep students engaged

Shane Hoffmann | Visiting students door-to-door has made the difference in the small Marion County school district.

EMU on UO campus
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May 7, 2021

Designed for Everyone

Anna Sundholm and Danny Latoni | How COVID-19 conversations could change higher education for the better

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April 29, 2021

A Solution to Ending Homelessness Might Be in the Data

Mia Ryder-Marks | Data-driven approaches are eliminating homelessness in communities across the U.S. Is Eugene next?

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April 17, 2021

Oregon nonprofit provides Umatilla Indian Reservation with healthy, sustainable food options during pandemic

Shane Hoffmann | BIPOC households have been disproportionately affected, leading to a food insecurity rate that is two to three times higher than for white Oregonians.

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January 14, 2021

Give Housing, Save Money

Jade Yamakazi Stewart | Lane County is providing hundreds of housing units and services to chronically homeless people while saving hospitals and governments money.

Tillamook County Usually Picks the Presidential Winner. Its Residents Are More Polarized Than Ever.
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October 28, 2020

Tillamook County Usually Picks the Presidential Winner. Its Residents Are More Polarized Than Ever.

By Nigel Jaquiss, Abbey McDonald and Nick Rosenberger | Catalyst expanded its commitment to covering rural areas of Oregon, using the opportunity of the 2020 presidential election to examine issues facing Tillamook County, which shifted to the right politically in the 2016 election.

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September 20, 2020

Oregon’s coal-free future: Where will power come from?

Nick Rosenberger | With the ongoing global climate crisis, the debate about how electricity can be produced by cleaner, renewable energy continues to heat up.

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September 5, 2020

Community courts and the homeless: Do these programs make a difference?

Gina Scalpone, Zack Demars and Donny Morrison | For more than 20 years, the community court model has been touted across the U.S. as an alternative for people who end up in court over and over again, often for the same offenses.

‘Brady lists’ of untruthful Oregon police officers inconsistent county to county
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July 13, 2020

‘Brady lists’ of untruthful Oregon police officers inconsistent county to county

Whitney Woodworth and Hannah Kanik | The first-of-its-kind survey revealed significant differences in how Brady lists—the index of problematic officers—are handled from county to county and with variable outcomes.

homeless person on sidewalk
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June 29, 2020

The Response to Homelessness in the Most Unaffordable U.S. Cities? Lock ‘Em Up

Ryan E. Little, Zack Demars, Nick McCool, Theresa Diffendal, Gina Scalpone, Aneurin Canham-Clyne and Riin Aljas | Catalyst was a founding member of “Nowhere to Go,” the student-run national investigation reporting project into the criminalization of homelessness. The project, overseen by the Howard Center for Investigative Reporting at the University of Maryland, produced several stories, including a lead story involving two…

Free From Fines — For Now
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June 18, 2020

Free From Fines — For Now

By Donny Morrison | June 18, 2020 The coronavirus and the ensuing shelter-in-place orders created an unexpected safe haven for Eugene’s unhoused community

Climate changed: Oregon bids goodbye to coal power
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June 16, 2020

Climate changed: Oregon bids goodbye to coal power

Nick Rosenberger | The production of energy and emissions from the Boardman Coal Plant—the last such plant in Oregon—will come to an end in just a few months and mark the end of an energy era.

Out of Focus: Oregon’s elderly are killing themselves at an alarming rate
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January 30, 2020

Out of Focus: Oregon’s elderly are killing themselves at an alarming rate

By Kelsey Harnisch, Megan Yarck and Kiva Hanson Oregon’s elderly population has the highest rate of suicide in the state. According to data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, the suicide rate for Oregonians aged 65 and older is nearly twice as high as the rate for young people.

Oregon schools failing on suicide prevention: Survey shows high schools across the state use widely differing approaches to help students in need
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October 7, 2019

Oregon schools failing on suicide prevention: Survey shows high schools across the state use widely differing approaches to help students in need

by Ariana Sinclair, Sravya Tadepalli and Michael Tobin Catalyst surveyed the 10 largest districts in the state, as well as the biggest school district in every county not already represented by the survey. In all, Catalyst asked 40 districts for the teaching plans they used to discuss suicide prevention with high school students. The districts’ responses to the survey revealed…

The Broken System: Lane County ships the homeless and mentally ill to the state hospital without a trial
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September 19, 2019

The Broken System: Lane County ships the homeless and mentally ill to the state hospital without a trial

by Gina Scalpone and Emily Goodykoontz Increases in substance use and mental illness among the homeless are not unique to this area — other cities are facing the same challenge. However, our findings raise a serious question: Why has Eugene and Lane County been sending more and more defendants to the state hospital and doing so at such an alarming…

A City in Need of a Solution
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June 27, 2019

A City in Need of a Solution

by Taylor Perse EW searched around the country for cities that have pursued creative ideas to help people with a place to live and are now carrying out efforts with proven track records. As we learned, no program is perfect, and every community faces its own challenges. We zeroed in on three communities where leaders have been able to do…

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June 26, 2019

OR Solutions for #MeToo

Kathryn Thier’s solutions journalism course investigated ways to combat sexual assault.

CCare affords students flexibility with contraception
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April 1, 2019

CCare affords students flexibility with contraception

by Ariana Sinclair CCare provides free contraceptive care to people at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, giving eligible UO students more flexibility in birth control options and the freedom to choose the care that works for them.

Unequal Penalties
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March 7, 2019

Unequal Penalties

by Brandon Taylor and Asia Zeller Local schools suspend and expel special education students at twice the rate of their peers. One district is trying to change that.

An Unsuccessful Solution
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January 31, 2019

An Unsuccessful Solution

by Taylor Perse and Morgan Theophil with contributions from Kenny Jacoby City officials claim Community Court has brought about big changes in the way Eugene treats the homeless. The court’s own numbers tell a very different story.

The Bond Project: Creating a safer drinking environment
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January 25, 2019

The Bond Project: Creating a safer drinking environment

by Casey Miller The Bond Project is a joint effort between the UOPD, DOS and Bond to create a safer drinking environment for students.

Oregon Promise: How Oregon makes college possible for low-income and first-generation students
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January 10, 2019

Oregon Promise: How Oregon makes college possible for low-income and first-generation students

by Ryan Nguyen The Promise is a state grant that can pay a portion — or even all — of a student’s tuition toward one of Oregon’s 17 community colleges.

Sharps Kits, Syringes and Solidarity
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January 10, 2019

Sharps Kits, Syringes and Solidarity

by Sierra Webster HIV Alliance and Trans*Ponder provide clean needles to people who inject hormones.

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November 7, 2018

UO’s science literacy program cultivates scientific curiosity

Becky Hoag | The UO Science Literacy Program (SLP) strives to improve science literacy by providing instructors and graduate students with effective teaching methods.

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April 15, 2018

A new adjustment

by Austin Willhoft International Community Voices at UO focuses on building a closer relationship among non-U.S. individuals through weekly group therapy while fostering a community.

Family Business: How a community organization in Lane County helps Latino families grow their own food and businesses
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January 31, 2018

Family Business: How a community organization in Lane County helps Latino families grow their own food and businesses

by Brittany Norton How a community organization in Lane County helps Latino families grow their own food and businesses.

Rod Adams’ Crime: Homelessness
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January 4, 2018

Rod Adams’ Crime: Homelessness

by Morgan Theophil

Homeless Youth on the RAN
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September 14, 2017

Homeless Youth on the RAN

by Morgan Theophil 15th Night, RAN (the Rapid Access Network) and the application of technology to help homeless youth in our community.

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September 9, 2017

Legislators Consolidate Power, Cash, in Partially Invisible Cycle of Giving to Each Other

by Cooper Green An investigation into Oregon’s campaign finance laws and the financial transactions known as “pass-throughs.”

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August 24, 2017

Nothing to See Here

Kenny Jacoby and Morgan Theophil | As a follow-up to the Criminalizing Homelessness story, this report considers the role of the mayor and City Council in helping to make police records available and in mitigating homelessness.

Courting the Ones Who Need It
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August 24, 2017

Courting the Ones Who Need It

by Kaylee Tornay and Brittany Norton with additional reporting by Sam Felton and Natalia Riccardi The Eugene Community Court seeks to support rather than sentence. Eugene city and court officials decided to implement this program to support frequent offenders with their underlying needs rather than punishing them repeatedly.

Criminalizing Homelessness
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June 1, 2017

Criminalizing Homelessness

by Kenny Jacoby, Kaylee Tornay, Francisca Benitez, Victoria Ganahl and Thomas Rivers This data-driven story shows that the unhoused are disproportionately ticketed in Eugene. 

A System of Neglect
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May 4, 2017

A System of Neglect

by Kelly Kenoyer, Kenny Jacoby This story revealed abuses in senior care facilitates across Oregon and gaps in the state’s regulation, including small civil penalties for serious cases of abuse and neglect. 

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March 30, 2017

2016 Solutions Issue of OR Magazine

2016 OR Magazine team, led by editor Sami Edge The 2016 issue of OR Magazine uses a solutions journalism approach to report on issues and how Oregon is working to address those issues.

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February 23, 2017

DEQ Has Oregon in Hot, Dirty Water

by Carl Segerstrom, Katherine Smith and Erin Carey The reporters discovered that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was years — and sometimes — decades behind in renewing water pollution permits granted to major companies and municipal sewer agencies. The result: The state allows companies and cities to operate under outdated environmental standards and pour wastes into Oregon rivers already so…

Putting Oregon’s Records Law to the Test
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August 18, 2016

Putting Oregon’s Records Law to the Test

by Kira Hoffelmeyer and Russell Wilson This story examined the weaknesses of Oregon’s public records law using an innovative approach. The reporters asked for all the emails among members of the Attorney General’s Public Records Task Force, which by then had been meeting for six months without any progress. Their story revealed wide disparity in compliance and understanding of the records…

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June 30, 2016

Tackling Teen Pregnancy

by Corinne Ellis During the past seven years Oregon has put in motion a plan to reduce teen pregnancy and improve the quality of sexual health education in public schools. This plan was introduced in 2009 as a concept of what sex education could look like. Just three years after the plan was created, the rate of unplanned teenage births…

Taxpayer-Subsidized Biogas Plant Underperforms, Asks for Massive Tax Break
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June 16, 2016

Taxpayer-Subsidized Biogas Plant Underperforms, Asks for Massive Tax Break

by Wes Franco and Jonathan Bach The students’ examination of deadbeat taxpayers in Lane County revealed a company that had received millions in state tax subsidies but now was refusing to pay its property tax bill. The students used land records and state tax court documents to present the story.

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March 30, 2016

Against the Grain

by Erin Hampton A gender gap between men and women spans many of the nation’s economic sectors. Women farmers make up a relatively small share of the U.S. agricultural workforce. However, when compared to the rest of the nation, Oregon sits well above the national average. More than 300 women around the state participate in Oregon State University’s Small Farms…

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March 30, 2016

Coexisting with Carnivores

by Haley Rivet Wolves and ranchers have a long history of conflict. Ranchers need to protect their animals and wolves need to eat. The historical solution to the conflict was to kill the wolves. But wolves are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Their presence supports biodiversity by controlling the overgrazing of elk and other prey species. The disappearance of…

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March 30, 2016

Engendering Equal Education

by Zach Silva In early 2016, both the state of Oregon and the Obama administration released an unprecedented set of rules enforcing equal access for transgender students in educational facilities. But before this topic saw nationwide legislation, similar policies had gained momentum in Eugene. A policy adopted in Eugene’s 4J school district has been creating safe spaces for transgender students…

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March 30, 2016

Cannabis as a Treatment for Veterans with PTSD

by Haley Rivet As cannabis becomes easier to access and legal in more states, growing numbers of veterans are using marijuana as a treatment for the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Grow for Vets, a national nonprofit with chapters in Eugene and Portland, aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides and drug overdoses by promoting cannabis treatment over the…

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