Kat Wolcott

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Kat Wolcott
Kat Wolcott
Weekend Anchor/Reporter
Kat Wolcott is from Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.

Her parents and older brother still live there and Kat likes to head north to visit as much as possible.

From a very early age, Kat knew that broadcast journalism was the field for her.

She graduated from the University of Oregon in June of 2010 with a degree in Journalism, with the specialization of Electronic Media.

During her time at Oregon, Kat completed a news internship with KEZI and a talk radio internship with Bicoastal Media.

She also won the Electronic Media program's Best News Reporter award in 2010.

Recent stories by Kat Wolcott

Local Tech security on college campuses: 'They should protect our information' Tech security on college campuses: 'They should protect our information' (Video)
You do what you can to protect yourself from hackers at home, but what about on while using public wifi spots – like on a college campus?

A study from BitSight Technologies finds that colleges and universities are much less prepared than other industries to protect important data.

They ranked athletic conferences on a scale of 250 to 900. The PAC-12 schools sat in the middle of the pack, with a 600.
Local Dog shot by police: Chief responds to criticism Dog shot by police: Chief responds to criticism (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Some people gathered outside the Springfield Police Department on Thursday to protest the shooting of a dog by an officer on Tuesday.

The dog survived but faces additional veterinarian bills.

Springfield Police Chief Tim Doney said the police department is full of dog lovers, himself included.

"I speak with a little bit of insight because I've had a dog shot and killed by someone," he said, "and I also was mauled by a Rottweiler, and I know in those particular cases that sometimes you have just seconds to think and make a plan of action."
Local 'The whole idea is to keep people from freezing and doing nothing' 'The whole idea is to keep people from freezing and doing nothing' (Video)
It's a terrifying scenario: an active shooter on a school campus.

"No one wants to talk about it or have to think about it, but active shooters are real in our society," said Eric Todd, Springfield school resource officer. "In this country, the numbers are growing dramatically, unfortunately."

According to NBC News, there were 28 school shootings in 2013.

And the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in 2012 that "firearm related deaths continue as one of the top three causes of death in American youth."

Through several training exercises with the Springfield School District, Todd hopes to prepare educators for the worst.
Local Wine grapes weathering the heat Wine grapes weathering the heat (Photo Gallery) (Video)
You may be withering in the Willamette Valley heat, but wine grapes are far from turning into raisins.

"They love between 80 and 90, and they're doing just fine, thank you very much," said Robin Pfeiffer at Pfeiffer Vineyards. "But when it gets up into the mid to high 90s and above, they kind of gather and shut down and they don't do as well as they do at those low temperatures."
Local Eugene PD: Now-deceased Grandmother suspect in 2-year-old's death Eugene PD: Now-deceased Grandmother suspect in 2-year-old's death (Video)
Police say they think a now-deceased grandmother is to blame after a toddler received a fatal dose of methadone in December.

Officers said 2-year-old Maxwell Maciejewski was unresponsive on December 8, 2013 when the boy's grandmother, Carol Lumsden, was performing CPR.

Investigators with the Eugene Police Department now say Lumsden is the one they suspect of giving the child a lethal dose of methadone.

"This has all been really hard on the family, and it’s nice that there’s some closure now," said Maxwell's uncle, Aaron Heuser.
Local Classic car cruise, motorcycle ride honor memory of Officer Kilcullen Classic car cruise, motorcycle ride honor memory of Officer Kilcullen (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Kristie Kilcullen accepted a $3,000 donation Thursday from NW Natural on behalf of the Kilcullen Project.

The non-profit is an effort to support the community, which is something about which Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen extremely passionate, his widow said.

The donation comes just days before a pair of memorial rides set for this upcoming weekend.
Local 'She wants nothing more than to have a daddy' 'She wants nothing more than to have a daddy' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The family of a police motorcycle patrol officer shot dead by a mentally ill woman addressed a state board about the woman's future Wednesday.

The Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board met Wednesday to discuss the future of Cheryl Kidd.

Kidd shot and killed Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen on April 22, 2011.

She was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, and has since been held at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

The state board decided Kidd should undergo an evaluation to deem whether she should remain at the state hopsital - or qualifies to live in a secure residential treatment facility.
Local Fire rips through Springfield Mill: 'It started in one of the dryers' Fire rips through Springfield Mill: 'It started in one of the dryers' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Fire ripped through the Swanson Mill in Springfield Thursday afternoon, sending a column of black smoke high into the air.

Eugene-Springfield Fire Chief Randall Groves said the blaze started at around 4:40 p.m. in one of the wood processing plant’s dryer units.

“We do know that all of the employees were safely evacuated and at this point … I'm unaware of any injuries,” said Chief Groves. “It started in one of the dryers, we do know that. We do not know the cause at this time.”

Groves said it could be several days before they know what caused the blaze.
Local Police track down predatory offender accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old girl Police track down predatory offender accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old girl (Video)
Police captured a predatory sex offender wanted on new sex abuse charges involving a 4-year-old girl within hours of making a public appeal for help locating the man.

Springfield Police located David Edward Reitz, 66, at a home off Lorane Highway around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Earlier in the day, police had made a public appeal for help locating the man after Reitz apparently packed up his belongings and vanished from his Springfield home after learning of new accusations of sex abuse against him.

The investigation started July 7 with a report of possible sex abuse, Sgt. Rich Charboneau said.
Local Safety at the Oregon Country Fair: 'We have a little hospital here' Safety at the Oregon Country Fair: 'We have a little hospital here' (Video)
The walkways at the Oregon Country Fair are streaming with painted faces, fairy wings and unique costumes even though the fair hasn't even started yet.

Festivities officially begin Friday at 11 a.m. Through Sunday, organizers expect to have 30,000 people attend.

"So that makes us one of the larger towns here in Oregon," said Ren Arrington, "and we have a little hospital here that supports that."

That small hospital sees a large number of patients: on a typical fair weekend, Arrington said they treat anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 patients.
Local Flame of Hope for Special Olympics passes through Eugene-Springfield Flame of Hope for Special Olympics passes through Eugene-Springfield (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Local law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope through Eugene and Springfield on Wednesday as the torch continued its 500-mile journey through Oregon.

The Flame of Hope will reach its final destination Newberg High School on Saturday to kick off the opening ceremonies of the Summer Special Olympic Games.
Local 'It eliminates the cravings for the drug and eliminates the possibility of a high' 'It eliminates the cravings for the drug and eliminates the possibility of a high' (Video)
A program aimed at helping people overcome opiate addiction has begun in Lane County.

Thanks to a $37,969 grant from the John Serbu fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, certain drug court participants are now eligible to receive Vivitrol treatments.

The treatments are a monthly injection that help to curb the side effects of opiate abuse.