Seena Sleem

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Seena Sleem
Seena Sleem
Reporter
Seena Sleem was born and raised in New York.

She considers herself a city girl and even got her undergraduate degree there. She has a B.A. in Politics and Broadcast Journalism from New York University. At her time at NYU she was part of the newscast, anchoring, producing and editing.

Back in NY, Seena interned for several broadcast stations including CNN, MTV and also the local news station, NY1. Right before she left for Oregon she anchored the United Nations online newscast.

Seena loves to play soccer; she was captain of her varsity team. She also enjoys traveling and has spent one semester studying abroad in Prague.

She's very active on social media. If you want to follow her on twitter or instagram her account is @seenasleem. You can also find her on facebook.

Recent stories by Seena Sleem

Local Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us' Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us'
It’s been nearly 20 years since Ronda Hatefi lost her older brother to his gambling addiction.

Shortly after her brother Bobby’s death, she started the organization Oregonians For Gambling Awareness, and petitioned Oregon's governor to proclaim September 29 as Problem Gamblers Awareness Day.

The state has honored the day for the last 19 years, and Hatefi said she’s found a way to celebrate her brother's life.
Local LCC drug take back event: 'So it's disposed of properly'
Having unused medications in the home can lead to a number of problems, like having them accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.

According to the National Survey on Drug and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency said 20,000 people died in 2011 from prescription medication overdoses.

Lane Community College partnered with the DEA to help lower these statistics by participating in the national drug take back event.
Local Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe' Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe'
As students start heading back to the University of Oregon campus, law enforcement officers are increasing their alcohol patrols both on the roads and in the neighborhoods around campus.

The patrols are aimed at making sure students stay responsible while having fun this school year, the University of Oregon and Eugene Police Departments said.

UOPD spokesperson Kelly McIver said the buddy system is the best way to stay safe in party situations.

“Don't try to guess and make that judgment on their own or leave someone alone if they're not capable of enough to speak well or walk well,” said Mciver.
Local As the rain returns, flooding risk increases near areas scarred by wildfires As the rain returns, flooding risk increases near areas scarred by wildfires (Video)
The return of fall weather has forestry officials warning Oregonians about the possibility of flooding, especially near areas hit by wildfires over the summer.

“Our fire threat really starts diminishing with our rainfall, but with that said it brings over a host of concerns,” said Oregon Department of Forestry representative Link Smith, “Fires burn off all that vegetated material, organic material on the forest floor that helps absorb and break up that moisture that comes down. So there’s some erosion potential that wasn't there before the burn.”
Local After halting demolition, councilors meet again on Eugene City Hall After halting demolition, councilors meet again on Eugene City Hall (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The old Eugene City Hall building is yet again the center of a city council meeting on Monday night, with councilors discussing the plans the plot of land where the half-century old building sits.

Earlier this month, crews were told to halt the demolition process after a 6 to 2 council vote asking for more time to review the plans for a new city hall.

Monday’s meeting is an opportunity to discuss final concept designs for the project, and hold a question-and-answer analysis of the current site.
Local 2nd UO board meet on handling sexual crimes: 'We need to get our campus leaders involved' 2nd UO board meet on handling sexual crimes: 'We need to get our campus leaders involved' (Video)
The University of Oregon’s President's Review Panel held its second session responding to a number of sexual assaults and rapes near campus on Tuesday, just three days after a woman was allegedly raped near Autzen Stadium.

The sessions ask for public input on how the university can better respond to and prevent sexual crimes on campus.
Local Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us' Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us'
About 40 students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School filled a backpack with free school supplies Saturday. Afterward each student went shopping at Valley River Center with a mentor for a $150 school clothes shopping spree.

Parents like Sarah Curry, who has a daughter going into 3rd grade, said the generous donation from the Eugene Active 20-30 Club will prepare her child for the school year.

JR Laing, a member of theActive 20-30 Club, says she wants every student to feel proud and stand tall each day they walk through the classroom door.
Local Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster' Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster' (Video)
In spite of numerous challenges, the Festival of Eugene is officially on for a weekend of entertainment at Skinner Butte Park.

“It's been a fantastic rollercoaster, with highs and lows and we hope to bring all those highs to all those people that come here,” said Anand Holtham-Keathley, a community liaison for the festival.

The event was scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Event producer Krista Albert said the free show is an embodiment of the city’s spirit.
Local Heads Up Football program: 'Anything we can do... to reduce head and neck injuries' Heads Up Football program: 'Anything we can do... to reduce head and neck injuries'
With football season right around the corner, players across the nation are gearing up for practice. Experts are warning coaches about on-field dangers.

USA Football held a Heads Up Football coach clinic in Eugene on Sunday, focusing on player safety. The clinic is part of an initiative to lower the neck and head injuries that youth players can get playing football.

Coaches learned about concussion awareness, equipment fitting and tackling training.
Local Plant celebrates 30 years of processing Eugene/Springfield's waste Plant celebrates 30 years of processing Eugene/Springfield's waste (Video)
Nearly 12 billion gallons of wastewater flows from homes and businesses of Eugene and Springfield to the wastewater treatment plant off of River Avenue.

The plant celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday by allowing locals into the plant to see the treatment process, which separates the bio-solids, disinfects the water and recycles it back into the Willamette River.
Local Mural on new ShelterCare facility: 'From being this very chaotic place, to a very ordered place' Mural on new ShelterCare facility: 'From being this very chaotic place, to a very ordered place' (Video)
A local artist spent Saturday leading 5 others in creating a mural on the wall of the new ShelterCare facility on 4th Avenue.

Valentina Gonzalez led a class of five painters in bringing her colorful geometric concept to life.

The wall will have a chaotic semblance of shapes that fall into place when a person rounds a corner. Gonzalez said the piece reflects the transition many of the homeless families go through when they seek help from ShelterCare.
Local Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Qualifying homeowners can receive free help maintaining their homes.

"A Brush With Kindness" started about two years ago through Habitat for Humanity.

Since then, they've been able to help about 8 houses a year in the Springfield-Eugene area.

Don Griffin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said the program helps make sure people not only have a decent place to live but can maintain it for as long as they need.
Local Follow Your Heart Action Network visits Eugene Follow Your Heart Action Network visits Eugene (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Curtis Reliford started the organization Follow Your Heart Action Network to donate items to the Hopi Reservation.

Reliford, of Santa Cruz, Calif., was in Eugene on Tuesday collecting items from a woman whose husband passed away.

Reliford said giving to others is a great way to make the world a better place.
Local Senior Center in Veneta seeks more volunteers Senior Center in Veneta seeks more volunteers (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Fern Ridge Service Center caters to the senior community.

They provide meals throughout the week, and anyone 60 and older is welcome.

The operations manager said the service is important because they monitor what they seniors eat.

"If they're diabetic, they have a certain meal which they can get here," said Lois Riha. "If they have salt problems or need extra vegetables in their food, we can get that all arranged."

Providing the service requires volunteers, she said - and they always need more.

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Local Orchid Clinic opens in Oakridge, hoping to provide 'better quality of care' to rural Lane Co. Orchid Clinic opens in Oakridge, hoping to provide 'better quality of care' to rural Lane Co. (Photo Gallery)
The Orchid Clinic is now providing health care to some residents in rural Lane County, nearly two years after two University of Oregon alumni dreamed up the project.

Co-creators Oliver Alexander and Orion Falvey said they came up with the plan while the former U of O students were competing in the Oregon Social Business Challenge. That plan blossomed into the Orchid Clinic.

Located in Oakridge, the Orchid Clinic had its grand opening on Sunday.
Local Eugene-Springfield Pride Festival: 'It’s about being proud of who you are' Eugene-Springfield Pride Festival: 'It’s about being proud of who you are' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The annual Eugene-Springfield Pride Festival is about celebrating individuality, no matter who a person may love, said event coordinator Paul Homan

“It’s about being proud of who you are,” Homan said. “No matter what you are, who you love, you have the right to respect, the right to dignity and the right to love.”

Brett Bigham, winner of the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year, says he's the first openly gay male to have won the award. He spent Saturday offering resources to students who may struggle with their identity during adolescence.
Local Eugene-Springfield Fire merger complete Eugene-Springfield Fire merger complete (Video)
The fire departments of Eugene and Springfield officially merge operations as of Monday.

The creation of Eugene-Springfield Fire started about 7 years ago.
Local Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Gonorrhea rates have skyrocketed in Lane County.

"What we recognize is our population between 2010 and 2013 has only increased 1 percent," said Cindy Morgan with Lane County Public Health, "and yet the number of cases - the rate - has increased about 800 percent."