Ron Brown

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Name: Ron Brown
Date registered: May 4, 2012

Biography

Ron Brown anchors NewsWatch 12 This Morning. Ron was born in Klamath Falls and moved to Rogue Valley when he was five. He attended Gold Hill schools through eighth grade and graduated from Crater High School. Ron graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio and Television in 1972. After college Ron went into the military for three years. He spent 16 months in Vietnam and six months in Wuerzburg, Germany. In 1973 Ron married Judee Harding of Riverside, California who he met the summer before graduating. Ron and Judee have three children. The are all married and live in Utah and Iowa. In August 2007, Ron became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter and son-in-law welcomed their son Jakob in Iowa. Ron started his career in broadcasting in 1980 at KRWQ Radio in Gold Hill as the station’s newsman. He started at KDRV in March 1986. Ron has anchored Newswatch 12 This Morning since its first broadcast. After the news Ron covers stories across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Ron has traveled the world for stories covering things in Vietnam and Russia, where he’s gone three times. Ron enjoys history, working in the yard and traveling to visit family in Utah, Idaho, Southern California and Central Oregon. Ron lives in Gold Hill.

Latest posts

  1. Oregon Trails–Hassell Bunks — September 15, 2014
  2. Oregon Trails-Railroad Trestles — September 8, 2014
  3. Oregon Trails: Timber Tressels — September 7, 2014
  4. Oregon Trails: Holly Theatre — September 2, 2014
  5. Oregon Trails–Sisson Cold Case Murder — August 27, 2014

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Oregon Trails–Hassell Bunks

  ASHLAND, Ore.–From the time the timber industry set down roots in the Northwest, one of the biggest challenges has been how to harvest the monster trees growing on the steep slopes of the Coast and Cascade mountains. More than a hundred years ago, loggers turned to steam power to snake the giant logs prized … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Railroad Trestles

NEAR KENO, Ore.–Like ghosts from the past, timbers from an 80-year-old railroad trestle stand amid a grove of fir trees along the old Weyerhauser “100″ logging railroad near Keno. The rail line was abandoned about 50 years ago in favor of trucks, and this is the lone reminder of what it took to cross the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Timber Tressels

NEAR KENO, Ore. — For nearly a hundred years, getting timber out of the woods in the northwest has required some heavy lifting and for decades, that meant trains. But it also meant out-of-the-box engineering to get the trains across the creeks and canyons to where the timber is. In the video above, Oregon Trails, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Holly Theatre

Medford, Ore.– From the very first time the Holly theatre opened its doors in 1930, it’s been a landmark building in Medford. The last 30 years or so though, it’s been more of a silent monument to the days when movies were one of the primary forms of entertainment. Local historian George Kramer observes that, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails–Sisson Cold Case Murder

ASHLAND, Ore.–A rather simple gravestone now resting on it’s back in Ashland’s Mountain View cemetery is that of Dr. David Sisson. One of the regions first medical doctors, Sisson arrived in Ashland with his recent bride, Celeste, in 1856. He was welcomed to Ashland Mills… that’s what they called it then… by founder Abel Helman. “Abel … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Kingsley Field

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–Mothballed fighter jets mounted on pedestals as if in flight are reminders of the decades that Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, has been on the frontline of the nation’s defense, or for training of future Air Force and Air National Guard pilots. “From 1954 to 1981 the Air Force was in charge of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Josephine County Fair

Southern Oregon residents, especially those in Josephine County are kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the 100th Josephine County Fair. A centennial for anything is a pretty big deal, and this year’s fair is no exception. In the video above, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at how the fair grew … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Rogue River Valley Railway

  JACKSONVILLE, Ore.– For the first time in more than a hundred years the brass bell on an 1891 Porter steam locomotive is ringing in Jacksonville. The little engine, called by some “the Teapot”, and others the “Peanut Roaster”, was the first engine on the Medford and Jacksonville Railroad… later known as the Rogue River … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Mystery Headstone

ASHLAND, Ore. - A small marble tombstone carved about 150 years or so ago has been in a corner of Doyle and Betty Hutchinson’s garden for nearly 30 years. It’s inscribed with the name of Dr. David Sisson who was killed by an as-yet un-named assassin in Ashland in the spring of 1858. Not only has … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Gold Stamp Mills

GOLD HILL, Ore.– Gold mining is not what it once was in Southern Oregon, but it’s legacy and tradition still captivate many people’s imagination. A small Jackson County historical group is hoping that an interest in the past could help them in the future. Newswatch 12′s Ron Brown looks at the restoration of a piece … Continue reading »

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