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 Sit up straight! Your health may depend on it Sit up straight! Your health may depend on it(Photo Gallery)
You wake up, drive to work and sit a desk all day.

Then you drive home and plop yourself on the couch all night.

If that sounds like you, your health may be at risk.

"A higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, being obese," said Debbie Proctor, a cardiac rehab clinical exercise physiologist.

"You get neck pain, you can get disc injuries, it contributes a lot to headaches, headaches are a big one that we see," said Travis Davis, chiropractor. "And then it also causes an imbalance in the muscles, so it contributes to continuing head posture."

These side effects can be pretty daunting, but they're not from some scary carcinogen or some unknown substance.

They can be caused by something you see every day: your office chair.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR at 6 and 11 p.m. Thursday, April 24, for more on this story
Local 'It's really cool when they come in and they're not really sure what to think of this place' 'It's really cool when they come in and they're not really sure what to think of this place'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Project Promise is an effort to make sure that prom is for everyone - and that kids don't miss out because they can't afford to go.

"Instead of later reflecting back and saying 'I didn't go to prom,' you know they'll be able to look back and say, 'Prom rocks'," said organizer Bonnie Hylton.
Local Lost & Found: 'I couldn't have gone another day' Lost & Found: 'I couldn't have gone another day'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Eugene Lanz went to take a few photographs on Sunday when something went wrong.

"I got my car stuck in the snow," the 73-year-old said.

Lanz called 911 on Monday to say he was on a lonely, remote road and needed help.

But before he could say where he was, his phone cut out.

He was stuck and alone.

"All I had in the line of food was four mints," he said.
Local New legislation would change how Oregon pays for costly wildfires New legislation would change how Oregon pays for costly wildfires(Video)
Wildfires are both destructive and costly, and the funding to douse over budget blazes doesn't come from a disaster account.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said that when a wildfire goes over budget, the money comes out of fire prevention programs.

So instead of pulling from fire prevention services, the recently introduced legislation proposes the state put money into a separate disaster account and treat fires the same as other disasters like floods and hurricanes.
Local Police back on party patrol Police back on party patrol(Video)
When the sun comes out, eugene police say so do parties.

But they add when the parties kick off, police are ready.

"Due to the weather and increased activity, we'll be starting our party patrol again," said Lt. Carolyn Mason with the Eugene Police.

Officers will be responding to anything considered to be an unruly gathering.
Local Dept. of Justice searches twin brothers' home in child pornography investigation Dept. of Justice searches twin brothers' home in child pornography investigation(Video)
Police searched the home of 42-year-old twin brothers Jacky and Jody Allard last Wednesday (Mar. 5) as a part of a child pornography investigation, according to documents from the Department of Justice.

Officials said they haven’t made any arrests following he investigation.

Search warrant documents state there were pictures of sexually engaged underage boys posted to Instagram and Tumblr through an IP address listed at the Allard home. Department of Justice officials couldn’t comment on their ongoing investigation.
Local Having trouble sleeping? Riverbend hosts free sleep study Having trouble sleeping? Riverbend hosts free sleep study(Video)
If you're having a hard time catching enough shut eye, don't despair. Sacred Heart at Riverbend is hosting a sleep clinic March 5-7, running tests to find out what problems are causing people to lose sleep at night.

Researchers take sleepers Body Mass Index, measure neck circumference, and ask a few sleep habit questions.
Local Old Glory takes flight over Coburg Old Glory takes flight over Coburg(Photo Gallery)(Video)
An 80-foot-long American flag took to the skies over Coburg on Friday at the new Camping World location.

A crowd of 2 dozen people cheered as the flag ascended the pole and the Oregon wind carried the stars and bars aloft.

A veteran with tears in his eyes talked about what it meant to see such a massive flag flying for the whole world to see.
Local Volunteer craft shop plans to close Volunteer craft shop plans to close(Video)
Past 45 Arts and Crafts USA has been a Cottage Grove institution for 42 years.

The premise behind it: anyone over the age of 45 can make something, some sort of craft or good, and sell it there.

The sellers then turn around and volunteer to run the shop.

But after decades in business, the roughly 40 crafters are closing up shop.

They say business hasn't just been slow, it trickled nearly to a stop.
Local Looking Glass forced to cut 16 jobs Looking Glass forced to cut 16 jobs(Video)
Looking Glass Youth and Family Services is cutting 16 positions by the end of March.

The program has to make the cuts due to a reduction in funding from the Oregon Youth Authority.

Looking Glass hasn't had as many adjudicated youth in their program as originally estimated.
Local Scholarship for former caddies to fund 50 Oregon educations at a time Scholarship for former caddies to fund 50 Oregon educations at a time(Photo Gallery)(Video)
A scholarship established by a pro golfer extended its commitment to the University of Oregon on Wednesday, offering to fund and house 50 full-time students who have worked at least two years as a golf caddy.

There are 14 other "Evans Houses" across the nation. Oregon will be the first in the Northwest.

It's a multimillion dollar investment in the education of dozens of Oregon students.
Local 'Whatever we sell is going to go mean something to somebody' 'Whatever we sell is going to go mean something to somebody'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Larry Bradley has been in the chocolate game for a few years now.

His business, Chocolate Decadence, wouldn't be possible without Valentine's Day.

"It's our biggest holiday of the year," Bradley said. "It puts us on the map - people think of chocolate. I mean there are other things you can do for Valentine's Day as well, but if it weren't for Valentine's Day, we'd just close it up and go home."

Bradley's business caters to people seeking a certain sort of chocolate. The company specializes in dairy free, gluten free and vegan chocolate.

That distinction attracts some consumers but confuses others, he said.
Local Police dispatch handles flurry of reported accidents Police dispatch handles flurry of reported accidents(Video)
In the first 12-hour stretch of snow, Eugene Police dispatchers answered nearly 120 calls of reported car crashes.

Which calls get top priority?

Communication specialist Richelle Giben said a dispatchers first goal is to figure out what’s needed to help those involved in the crash.
Local If you don't have to drive, please stay home. If you do have to drive, here's what you need to know If you don't have to drive, please stay home. If you do have to drive, here's what you need to know(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The Oregon DOT is focusing on highways and ramps, trying to clear areas people use most.

Crews were not spraying de-icer because it can freeze around 25-23 degrees, making it more dangerous than helpful, according to Rick Little with ODOT.

He urged the public to remember that the storm isn't over yet, and forecasters are predicting freezing rain. Little said that can make driving conditions even worse.

His recommendation: it may sound like a broken record, but just stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to be out on the roads.

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