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 Tis the season for Thanks'giving': How you can help your community Tis the season for Thanks'giving': How you can help your community (Video)
As crew of conscientious kiddos gathered to drop off donated items, their mission was unmistakeable.

"Stuff the bus. Stuff the bus," they chanted.

They weren't alone.

During just the first shift of stuff the bus, most of the seats were already brimming with goods for those in need.
Local 'You're not having a heart attack, you're actually feeling your heart beat' 'You're not having a heart attack, you're actually feeling your heart beat' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Two third-grade classes filed into the gym at Thurston Elementary on Thursday, full of energy - energy trainers from Healthy Moves were ready to put to good use.

Teachers are usually in charge of PE.

But the Healthy Moves trainer-in-residence program brings in experts who then show teachers ways to get kids engaged in physical activities.
Local Stuff the bus this Friday and Saturday Stuff the bus this Friday and Saturday (Video)
'Tis the season to start thinking about the holidays, but before you stuff your turkey, Food For Lane County is hoping you'll think of others and help to stuff the bus.

The non-profit is teaming up with KDUK, Toys for Tots, LTD and Walmart to hold the 19th annual Stuff the Bus food and toy drive.
Local Wine harvest 2014: 'The sooner we get it into the press, the fresher those flavors' Wine harvest 2014: 'The sooner we get it into the press, the fresher those flavors' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Wine makers are scrambling to bring in the 2014 grape harvest before the fall rains hit the Pacific Northwest.

Many wineries started their harvest a few days ago, hoping to have every last bit of fruit off the vines by mid-October.

“You want to process the fruit immediately. Just like any fruit in your house it goes bad after a certain amount of time. So the sooner we get it into the press, the fresher those flavors stay with us,” said Kacy Minnis, manager at Sweet Cheeks Winery.
Local DA takes another look at deadly 2005 police shooting DA takes another look at deadly 2005 police shooting (Photo Gallery) (Video)
This past summer, Springfield Police Chief Tim Doney requested the Lane County District Attorney's Office take another look at the deadly 2005 shooting of Jason Michael Porter by Officer Ethan Spencer.

Porter, then a sophomore at Thurston High School, was unarmed. Spencer fired a single shot after believing he saw a weapon in Porter's hands. The officer was cleared of any wrongdoing in the initial invesigation by DA Doug Harcleroad, current DA Alex Gardner's predecessor.
Local Student loan default rate a problem for LCC Student loan default rate a problem for LCC (Video)
According to the Department of Education, the cohort default rate for Lane Community College has been above 30 percent for the last two years.

That means more than 30 percent of people who had federal loans defaulted or didn't pay 270 days after leaving school.
Local Purple flamingo flock part of Domestic Violence Awareness month Purple flamingo flock part of Domestic Violence Awareness month (Photo Gallery) (Video)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, but the executive director of WomenSpace says she thinks of October as the time for action.

Peggy Whalen said that, although the subject of domestic violence is extremely serious, taking action against it doesn't have to be.

That's where the flamingos come in.
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."