Kate Houston joined the NewsWatch12 team in July 2017.
She grew up in Sacramento and San Jose, California. In high school, Kate developed a passion for storytelling and video production while working for the school’s broadcast TV station, KBFT. This passion followed her as she headed to the University of Oregon to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism.
All four years of college Kate was a reporter, anchor, then executive producer of Duck TV News. She covered stories ranging from city policy changes to low attendance ratings within Oregon high schools. During that time she interned for NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit, which solidified her love of watchdog journalism. Kate believes journalists should look out for the little guy, and not be afraid to hold people’s feet to the fire.
Kate’s passion for journalism stems from a love of videography, an enthusiasm for interacting with the community around her, and a firm belief that people need to be accountable for their actions. She hopes to incorporate all of these when covering stories every day.
When Kate is not reporting on or reading the news, you can find her hiking, camping, or spending time outdoors. Kate loves to cook, try Oregon's famous craft beers, and explore the beautiful state parks.
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Security experts say gunshot detection systems, apps and artificial intelligence are becoming more common because school attacks, while relatively rare, have been among the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
Southern Oregon University has been renewed as a bee campus for 2019 following a rigorous application process. SOU was the original Bee Campus USA three years ago.
Female military veterans serving in the House say they're setting up a caucus that advocates for women service members and veterans.
A portion of the proceeds will go to helping a local, non-profit called Vets End Inc., which is dedicated to helping veterans through music therapy.
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is preparing to reveal a revised plan for how the state should spend its more than $200 billion state budget.
This year the free series will feature a first-ever livestream.
The Oregon Department of Forestry says firefighters have completely lined the Neil Rock Fire, and will continue to mop up the area today. This morning the fire is 9.5 acres and is 75% contained.
San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment.
The wide-ranging plan unveiled Friday includes funding for early intervention of mental health disorders and drug use, a national suicide prevention campaign and better access to opioid addiction and other types of treatment.