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Emma Balkenbush

Emma Balkenbush is a reporter and anchor for NewsWatch 12.

Title: Anchor & Reporter

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.

You can send Emma a message on Facebook or Twitter if you have a story idea for her or just want to say hello!

Recent Posts by Emma Balkenbush

Driver rescued after spending 8 hours trapped in car over embankment

A man is lucky to be alive after spending more than 8 hours trapped in his car that crashed over an embankment early Saturday morning.

Medford Schools delay changes to deaf program, apologize for poor communication

After several months of wondering what the fate of their children will be, parents of the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing have gotten a clearer answer.

Mold experts encourage homeowners to be proactive

After a wet Winter, experts say now is the time to be checking your home for any signs of mold.

Two injured in small plane crash near Sams Valley

Jackson County deputies said two people were injured in a small plane crash in the Sams Valley area Tuesday evening. The plane went down while approaching Beagle Sky Ranch Airport.

New camera at Ashland Skate Park raises questions

Anyone who goes to skate at the Ashland Skate Park from now on will see a new camera monitoring skaters.

Medford teachers, students join statewide 'Red For Ed' movement

Teachers across Oregon are hoping to get the attention of lawmakers in Salem.

Changes to program for deaf students anger parents

Local parents of deaf students say a decision made by the Medford School District will have negative effects on their children.

Medford City Council to consider fireworks changes

The City Council will be presented with a list of options to consider at Thursday's meeting.

Car crashes into power pole, crews working to restore power

According to the Klamath Falls Police Department's Facebook page, a single car crashed into a live power pole in front of Denny's Saturday.

Local 4-year-old diagnosed with rare disorder

A Medford family's world has been turned upside down by a rare and aggressive disorder.

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