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 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."
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.