Ty Steele


Ty Steele
Ty Steele
A native of Olympia, WA, Ty Steele comes here with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington.

While at UW, Ty was a reporter with UWTV, a multimedia journalist for Next Door Media and a bartender/server.

Ty brings his wife Stephanie and dogs, Bella (Great Dane) & Jeff (Tibetan Terrier) and looks forward to his dream job as a TV Reporter.

He loves living in a college town like Eugene - a perfect place to enjoy his interests of fitness & nutrition, weight-lifting, real estate, photography, good food & drink and going to the dog park with the family.

Recent stories by Ty Steele

Local 'I didn't have the right car, the right finances - but I had the two dogs' 'I didn't have the right car, the right finances - but I had the two dogs'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Jake and Emerson are pros at what they do.

You might say they were born to do this work.

"Golden retrievers already have an innate sense to please people - and to love people," said handler Daniel Sievert.

Sievert and his canine colleagues are back from volunteering in Snohomish County, Wash., where efforts to find victims buried under mud and debris continue.

Sievert said the community of Oso is reeling with loss.

That's where comfort dogs like Jake and Emerson come in.

"A lot of people would just get down on their hands and knees and just hug the dogs and say this is great, thank you so much," Sievert said. "I didn't have many words to say."
Local Trial in 2012 double slaying draws closer to a verdict Trial in 2012 double slaying draws closer to a verdict(Video)
The homes buried deep in the thick woods south of Eugene enjoy a sense of privacy.

It was here in these hills where Lane County investigators say neighbors discovered two bodies Sept. 7, 2012.

One of the people was dead, the other still clinging to life.

Tthe case of State of Oregon vs. Johan Gillette began in February 2014 with the death penalty on the table.

In the weeks that would follow, the prosecution would hammer away at Johan's claims of self-defense with physical evidence.

Johan's defense team painted a much different picture.

One after the other, character witnesses described Johan as a gentle, loving person incapable of the kind of crime he was accused of committing.

His own brother - named after their father - even took the stand, going as far as painting the elder Gillette as the villian.

Then Johan took the stand in his own defense.
Local Mr. Irish raises $40k for Children's Miracle Network Mr. Irish raises $40k for Children's Miracle Network
Even before the 22nd annual Mr. Irish Pageant started Saturday night, coordinator Elizabeth Laing said Sheldon High School met its $40,000 goal to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

While there were 18 other high schools holding similar “Mister” pageants around the month of March, it all started at Sheldon High School 22 years ago.

"The kids, even though it's a very serious situation, have a lot of fun with it," said Mr. Irish Pageant advisor Julia Girod.
Local 'This is a new experience, but you do what you've got to do' 'This is a new experience, but you do what you've got to do'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Roxanne Loomis never thought panhandling on the side of the road in front of the Gateway Mall in Springfield for a live kidney would get her so much attention.

"I've never panhandled before," the 63-year-old said as she stood on the curb holding a sign. "This is a new experience, but you do what you gotta do."

In late January 2014, Loomis along with friends, co-worker and family members held signs and waved to passing traffic.

"Caregiver Needs a Kidney" is what one sign read, among other messages related to asking the public for a live kidney donor for Roxanne.

Loomis, an ER nurse and single mother living in Eugene, is dying from thin basement membrane disease, which is slowly causing her kidneys to fail.
Olympics From Shaniko to Sochi: 'It truly is a win for all sheep growers' From Shaniko to Sochi: 'It truly is a win for all sheep growers'(Photo Gallery)
When the Opening Ceremonies commence in Sochi on February 7, a thread of Oregon history will be on display for all to see.

All the wool yarns to create Ralph Lauren’s Team USA collection comes from a 143-year-old ranch located near Shaniko in Wasco County in north central Oregon’s high desert.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR at 6:30 and 11 p.m. Thursday, February 7, for more on this story
Local Picketing and panhandling for a kidney Picketing and panhandling for a kidney(Photo Gallery)(Video)
For the last 10 years, her kidneys have been slowly failing from a genetic defect.

Now Roxanne Loomis needs a transplant.

The 63-year-old ER nurse's children can't give their mom one of their kidneys. Doctors fear they might have the some condition as their mother and her siblings.

So far, all five friends who've stepped up to donate a kidney have all been told they're ineligible because of a wrong blood type or medical condition.

And while Roxanne is on the national donor list, doctors say there's no gurantee she'll get what she needs to survive.

So she and her friends are taking to the streets of Springfield to ask strangers for help - essentially panhandling for a human organ.
Local 10 more days in jail for man who used secret camera to spy on neighbor's daughter 10 more days in jail for man who used secret camera to spy on neighbor's daughter(Video)
The man convicted of using a hidden camera to spy on his neighbor's 10-year-old daughter was sentenced to 35 days in jail at the Springfield Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Dana Bishop, 64, received credit for time served. He will have to serve another 10 days in the Springfield Jail.

In addition, Bishop will be on probation for 3 years and have to serve 100 hours of community service in Coos County.
Local SLEEPS protesters: What do they want? SLEEPS protesters: What do they want?(Photo Gallery)
A SLEEPS organizer said the protesters want a 6-month moratorium on tickets for illegal camping and a 6-month trial of 4 sanctioned camps. Long term, they want the public to give them a piece of land where people who are homeless can camp.
Local City listens but doesn't act on SLEEPS protest City listens but doesn't act on SLEEPS protest
Beneath a moonlit sky, a homeless protest camp got ready for their nightly meeting. A block away at the Lane County Courthouse, the Eugene City Council met to talk about the fate of the group known as SLEEPS.