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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A multi-car crash is causing major traffic delays on Interstate 5 northbound near exit 24.
This coming Monday marks one year since the lightning storm that started a handful of major fires in our region, including the Garner Complex.
Firefighters have many different ways to fight wildfires in our region. It might surprise many people that one of their most important tools can fit in the palm of your hand.
A local veteran hopes his story of success will inspire other veterans who might be at a low point in life.
One man is in jail and another is recovering after a shooting at a White City mobile home park early Friday morning.
Officials in Southern California say emergency crews are responding to at least 24 medical and fire incidents after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, California.
A Medford man says there's not enough being done for homeless veterans in the Rogue Valley.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making some changes at the Lost Creek Lake Dam after an accidental discharge of water earlier this week.
A group of 16 first-time firefighters are currently in a two-week training course.
Rogue Retreat will not be able to spearhead cooling shelters this Summer from people suffering from homelessness.