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 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.
Local 'With an overdose, your body is starting to shut down. This kind of revives you and gets your body back up' 'With an overdose, your body is starting to shut down. This kind of revives you and gets your body back up'
With heroin-related deaths on the rise across the U.S., a new drug is said to save the life of someone experiencing a heroin overdose.

The new drug Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is used by the Lane County Methadone Treatment program, Sacred Heart Medical Center and other medics across the county.

“It's a revival drug. It basically brings you back up and it triggers natural chemicals within your body,” said Jason Davis of the Lane Public Health.
Local Eugene 4J superintendent leaving in June 2015 Eugene 4J superintendent leaving in June 2015 (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Eugene 4J School District board agreed to release Dr. Shelley Berman a year early from his contract as school superintendent.

"Doctor Berman delivered a letter to me asking to be released to his contract, for the last year of it," said Mary Walston, the school board chair.

Berman said his reasons for leaving the position a year early are personal.
Local Police to DUI suspects: We have a warrant for your blood Police to DUI suspects: We have a warrant for your blood (Video)
If you refuse to take an alcohol breath test this Fourth of July weekend, be prepared to give blood.

Eugene, Springfield and Oregon State police plan a "No Refusal Weekend" over the Independence Day holiday.

Police plan to work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain "blood draw warrants" for drivers who refuse blood alcohol content testing.
Local Passport to explore Eugene Ale Trail Passport to explore Eugene Ale Trail (Video)
Local breweries have teamed up with tourism promoters to invite people to hit the Eugene Ale Trail.

You can download a passport online and explore what the Eugene brewing scene has to offer.

Watch the video to learn more about the Eugene Ale Trail
Local 'Make it more frustrating for somebody to reach your gun' 'Make it more frustrating for somebody to reach your gun' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Questions continue to surround the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Beyond the question of "Why?" is the question of "How?"

Fifteen-year-old Jared Michael Padgett removed an AR-15 from a secure place in his home before taking the firearm to school, where he shot two people, killing 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.

The shooting raises questions about how gun owners can secure their weapons to make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands.
Local Tamales fuel family after job loss Tamales fuel family after job loss (Video)
The smell of fresh Mexican cuisine wafts through the parking lot at 2020 Main St. in Springfield as the Quiroz family fires up the stoves at the brand new Quiroz’s Taqueria.

As the family hands out tamales with a flourish and a smile, it may be hard to believe that they’ve just opened.

But they’re no strangers to selling food; the family has been selling tamales door to door for years.
Local Planned Parenthood closing some locations but not Springfield Planned Parenthood closing some locations but not Springfield (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Planned Parenthood locations in Clackamas and Gresham as well as Clark County, Washington, are set to close their doors just months after a location in McMinnville shutdown.

"There's been a huge drop in the teen pregnancy rate, a huge drop in the abortion rate," said Cynthia Pappas, CEO of Southern Oregon Planned Parenthood. "And that's good, that the work we're doing by providing access to contraception and access to sex ed is making an impact, and that can only be for the better for people and their families."

Though some locations are closing, Pappas said the Southern Oregon centers have no plans to close.

"We are here to stay," she said. "We've been here 47 years, we'll be here for the next 47 years."
Local 'It's so beautiful to be out here, but you got to watch out' 'It's so beautiful to be out here, but you got to watch out' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A day at the Oregon coast can be a beautiful and fun experience, but officials are warning visitors of the potentially deadly threats posed by the Pacific Ocean.

"There are no lifeguards here. This is on your own, and you have to protect yourself out here," he said. "It's so beautiful to be out here, but you got to watch out."
Local Summer vacation: Are you on the road to back pain? Summer vacation: Are you on the road to back pain? (Video)
The summer driving season is upon us.

A recent TripAdvisor survey shows that 89 percent of Americans are planning on taking a vacation this summer.

For many, that means long hours driving on the open road

But racking up time behind the wheel could cause problems for your back.
Local 'She is always moving. She has a song in her heart' 'She is always moving. She has a song in her heart' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When Brielle was medically cleared, her mom knew right away it was time to start dance classes.

“She is always moving. She has a song in her heart,” Jaylene said.

The 3-year-old has Kippel Fiel Syndrome and Hemifacial Microsomia, conditions that come with a host of complications.

Brielle is partially deaf, has some paralysis on her right side, and has had several spinal fusions.