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.
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Southern Oregon farmers and ranchers who haven't been able to prepare for tax time because of the government shutdown are finally catching a break.
Southern Oregon University is arming its students and staff with extra resources to help save a life.
The largest credit union in Southern Oregon is helping construction for the Butte Creek Mill finish strong.
With a Winter Storm Warning in effect for parts of the region, both Pacific Power and Caltrans say their crews are prepared for the conditions.
In Oregon, a few types of roadkill are now up for grabs. The law allowing dead elk and deer to be salvaged went into effect Jan. 1.
Many Southern Oregonians are starting off 2019 with hopes to get fit and feel better.
The Illinois Valley Fire District says two people are dead and another hurt after a single-car crash Saturday morning.
The group wants to remember Matthew Graves, the man shot and killed in a Carl's Jr. restroom by police in September.
Some of those results were alarmingly-high and caused some concern and confusion.
An Eagle Point family is feeling lucky after a massive tree in their front yard narrowly missed their home.