by Hannah Seibold and Zachary Jones Neuray | To capture the least heard voter voices — youth and those living in rural areas — EO Media Group partnered with students from the University of Oregon’s Catalyst Journalism Project to provide a platform for their views in all regions of the state.
by Alex Baumhardt, Cole Sinanian and Jael Calloway | SPECIAL REPORT: State officials rarely intervened and never stopped the port as it dumped hundreds of tons of excess nitrogen over a critical groundwater area.
Powerful port pollutes water for years with little state action: Drinking water of thousands increasingly impaired by excessive nitrogen dumps
by Alex Baumhardt, Cole Sinanian and Jael Calloway | Thousands of Oregonians near the town of Boardman in the northeast corner of the state live atop an aquifer so tainted with farming chemicals that it’s not safe to drink.
Oregon’s Climate Leader: 16-year-old climate activist Adah Crandall says she ‘had a lot of hope for the future.’ Then Gov. Kate Brown ‘let us down.’
by Nika Bartoo-Smith | At 16, Crandall has been called the Greta Thunberg of Oregon, a comparison she is not fond of.
by Jael Calloway | The hotels are part of Project Turnkey, which just got $50 million in a new round of funding by the Legislature.
Preventing Second Injury: The Trauma Intervention Program provides emotional support during sudden tragedies
by Ella Hutcherson | TIP is a nonprofit program that is deployed by first responders after a traumatic incident such as a sudden death
by Cole Sinanian | Government officials, conservation groups work to combat Oregon’s poaching problem.
by Jael Calloway | Large segments of the state have provided self-service gas during the pandemic and officials say there have been no problems
by Cole Sinanian and Les Zaitz | Groups say a living wage would take down barriers that keep people of color, low-income workers from pursuing legislative office
by Cole Sinanian | New zoning laws offer a unique opportunity to fill Lane County neighborhoods with affordable co-ops.
Skipping the Basics: why isn’t it experimenting with universal basic income pilot programs like the rest of the U.S.?
by Shane Hoffmann | The stabilizing potential of UBI could work well in a city like Eugene, potentially helping meet the needs of the unhoused community. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20.4 percent of Eugene’s population lived in poverty in 2019.
Failure to Care: Oregon has allowed many long-term care centers to escape accountability for the Covid deaths of elderly residents
Jack Forrest, Sally Segar and Jassy McKinley | More than 1,700 residents of Oregon’s long-term care centers have died from COVID-related illnesses, state records show.
Ardeshir Tabrizian | The man died two days after deputies knelt on his back at the Lane County Jail.
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.
Shane Hoffmann | Visiting students door-to-door has made the difference in the small Marion County school district.
Mia Ryder-Marks | Data-driven approaches are eliminating homelessness in communities across the U.S. Is Eugene next?
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.
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.
Nick Rosenberger | With the ongoing global climate crisis, the debate about how electricity can be produced by cleaner, renewable energy continues to heat up.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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
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…
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…
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.
by Casey Miller The Bond Project is a joint effort between the UOPD, DOS and Bond to create a safer drinking environment for 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.
Becky Hoag | The UO Science Literacy Program (SLP) strives to improve science literacy by providing instructors and graduate students with effective teaching methods.
Big Corporate Handouts with Little Oversight: Enterprise zones give nearly unsupervised tax breaks to Lane County businesses
by Michael Tobin
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.
by Cooper Green An investigation into Oregon’s campaign finance laws and the financial transactions known as “pass-throughs.”
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…