Emma Balkenbush joined the NewsWatch 12 team in January 2017. She is originally from Edwardsville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
During her time at Mizzou she discovered her passion for storytelling while working as a reporter, anchor and producer at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. She covered a variety of topics including political fact-checking, investigative consumer stories and local community events.
She is thrilled to live in Southern Oregon and cannot wait to explore everything the area has to offer. When Emma is not at the anchor desk or chasing a story, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, reading a good book and being outdoors. She is also an avid water skier and spent ten years performing with a show ski team in Illinois.
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Providence Medford Medical Center is helping people figure out if they need a lung cancer screening.
The da Vinci XI is Southern Oregon's newest robotic surgical system.
Saturday night's 10th annual Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars competition raised more money for Sparrow Clubs than ever before.
Firefighters from all over the country are learning the art of cutting down hazardous trees right here in Southern Oregon.
Police say a cougar was spotted near Bellview Elementary Thursday around 6 a.m.
Residents voted not to approve a 5 percent food and beverage tax on restaurants Tuesday night.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has canceled an appearance at a gun control rally in Orange County.
The migrants hope to regroup in the capital, seeking medical care and rest while they await stragglers.
Baghdad police say four people have been killed in four bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital, including two inside commuter minivans.
Fire investigators are looking into what started a house fire near O'Brien Saturday night.