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 Riding for Chris Kilcullen: 'He started a lot of things in our community' Riding for Chris Kilcullen: 'He started a lot of things in our community' (Video)
Motorcyclists from across the Northwest will be taking a trip through Oregon this weekend for the annual Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Ride.

The ride honors fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, who died in the line of duty in 2011.

Friends and family say Chris was a pay it forward type of guy. The tour raises money for non-profits and a memorial scholarship fund, helping keep Kilcullen’s kind spirit and generosity alive.
Local Runners prep for 2014 Eugene Marathon: 'They don't call it endurance running for no reason' Runners prep for 2014 Eugene Marathon: 'They don't call it endurance running for no reason' (Video)
Some of the racers in Sunday’s Eugene Marathon are getting some tips for the big day while picking up their race numbers at the Health and Fitness Expo at Matthew Knight Arena.

Race organizers expect nearly 6,000 runners from across the nation and world to hit the 26-mile course through Eugene.

“I look for races all over the country that are fun and challenging, and also fast and furious. So I love the scenery and I love to just get out there and run,” said Scott McLelland, a marathon runner from North Carolina.
Local Swastikas scribbled on mailbox near Jewish fraternity Swastikas scribbled on mailbox near Jewish fraternity (Video)
Swastikas scribbled all over a mailbox adjacent to a national Jewish fraternity's University of Oregon house is under investigation by local police.

"Not only is it a destruction of property, but it represents a symbol that strikes fear in an entire community," said Lt. Doug Mozan, "and we are committed to the safety of that community."

It isn't clear whether the fraternity was a direct target or just near the vandalism.

But members of Alpha Epsilon Pi said this isn't the first time an incident like this has happened to them.
Oregon 14 Looking for Oregon 14 $5 Kidsports ticket information? Looking for Oregon 14 $5 Kidsports ticket information? (Photo Gallery)
In just a few days, 1,600 athletes from 200 countries will gather at Hayward Field for the IAAF Junior World Championships.

And if you want to go, Kidsports may be your ticket in with a $5 special for your family.

Now through July 21, all famillies of Kidsports participants are welcome to purchase a maximum of 8 general tickets at that price.
Local Study finds veterans commit suicide at higher rate than general populace Study finds veterans commit suicide at higher rate than general populace (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Some troops lose their lives in the line of duty.

A tragic number take their own lives once they get back home.

According to an Oregon Health Authority Study, the suicide rate was significantly higher among veterans than among non-veterans for both males and females in Oregon between 2008 to 2012.

The study also found suicide is the leading cause of death among veterans under 45 years of age.

And the veteran suicide rate was higher in Lane County than the state average.
Local Springfield's Summer Fair: 'We have so many resources here and want to bring that to life for families' Springfield's Summer Fair: 'We have so many resources here and want to bring that to life for families' (Photo Gallery)
Springfield felt the sizzle of the season Saturday as hundreds came out to enjoy the 2014 Summer Fair at Island Park.

Face painting, ponies and a bouncy house keep the kids entertained while adults peruse the dozens of booths representing organizations from across Lane County.

“(It’s) all about bringing families together and showing them what kind of resources and opportunities there are for kids in Lane County,” said Jennifer O'Brien, Springfield’s Community Recreations Supervisor. “We have so many resources here and want to bring that to life for families.”
Local Building a better Beltline: ODOT to present plans to City of Eugene Building a better Beltline: ODOT to present plans to City of Eugene (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Everybody has an opinion about the Randy Pape Beltline.

"It's terrible, and I think that's part of the problem that the area is choked off," said Steve Butt.

"I don't think without doing a huge project that it's ever going to change," said John Jongsma. "It's always going to be a congested area."

The Oregon DOT is preparing to pitch three proposals to the City of Eugene on ways to improve safety and reduce congestion on the Beltline.
Local Eugene Pro Rodeo: 'Everyone you're going to see here is a professional athlete' Eugene Pro Rodeo: 'Everyone you're going to see here is a professional athlete' (Video)
The Eugene Pro Rodeo is back at the Oregon Horse Center for its 23rd season, running through the Fourth of July weekend.

Frank Bocci, director of the 2014 Eugene Pro Rodeo calls the event “Cowboy Christmas”, because the over 200 contestants love hearing the hundreds of fans cheering from the stands.

“Before every performance, it’s game time. I guess for me what goes through my head is I'm doing what I love and it’s dream living,” said bullfighter Ryan Wilson.
Local 'We now have a camera fast enough to capture the molecular dance of life' 'We now have a camera fast enough to capture the molecular dance of life' (Video)
Researchers on Monday announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level.

Chemical and biological actions can now be measured as they are occurring or, in old-fashioned movie parlance, one frame at a time. This will allow creation of improved biosensors to study everything from nerve impulses to cancer metastasis as it occurs.
Local 'Current rates of decline could drive professional beekeepers out of business' 'Current rates of decline could drive professional beekeepers out of business' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
More than one in five commercial honeybee hives in Oregon did not survive last winter, continuing a financially challenging trend for professional beekeepers.

"These are challenging times for beekeeping and we have reason to be alarmed," said Ramesh Sagili, an entomologist with Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences who has been conducting honeybee colony loss surveys for the past five years. "While 10-15 percent loss of colonies is considered acceptable, current rates of decline could drive professional beekeepers out of business."
Local 'This past year Ukraine has faced a lot of hardships and this festival is to honor the country' 'This past year Ukraine has faced a lot of hardships and this festival is to honor the country' (Video)
Facing a confrontation with neighboring Russia, many in Ukraine are staying strong as a nation.

Kalyna Piasta hoped to showcase that strength into this year's Springfield Ukrainian Festival, an event dedicated to Ukraine's heritage.

“This past year Ukraine has faced a lot of hardships and (this festival is) to honor the country and honor the flag,” said Piasta, director of the festival. “They're still standing and fighting through their hard times.”
Local $1 mil. Trillium grant goes to youth and family program: 'It’s so overwhelming to finally get some answers' $1 mil. Trillium grant goes to youth and family program: 'It’s so overwhelming to finally get some answers' (Video)
Trillium Community Health Plans received a $1 million state grant to create a care system for children and families in crisis. The grant will help families that need a helping hand.

Trillium says their grant will be used to provide families with support using what spokesperson Erin Russel calls a wraparound model. They provide assistance for families in schools, behavioral health programs and physical health providers.

Russel said Trillium’s new program can reduce government costs by keeping kids out of child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Local 'You throw a party and the burglars can walk right in with your guests' 'You throw a party and the burglars can walk right in with your guests' (Photo Gallery)
With the heat of summer, many people leave screen doors and windows open.

Screens do little to deter crime, said Tod Schneider with the Eugene Police Department.

"Summertime we have a lot of people opening anything they can to let air through, whether its doors or windows, and leaving them wide open," he said. "Burglars love that. They're looking for those opportunities."

Scheider said alcohol can also make you an easier target.

"Puts people in a position where they're less able to know what's going on, and every additional weakness compounds the other and then you throw a party and the burglars can walk right in with your guests," he said.
Local 'West Coast comradery' at the 36th Summer Solstice Ultimate Frisbee Tourney 'West Coast comradery' at the 36th Summer Solstice Ultimate Frisbee Tourney (Video)
Taking advantage of the first beautiful summer weekend, nearly two dozen teams took the field at Roosevelt and Monroe Middle Schools on Sunday for the 36th annual Summer Solstice Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

The two-day tournament is one of the largest and longest-running ultimate frisbee tournaments on the West Coast, bringing teams from as far away as Vancouver, B.C.
Local Grand opening of Eugene's WJ Skate Park & Urban Plaza Grand opening of Eugene's WJ Skate Park & Urban Plaza (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The first day of summer marked the grand opening of the Washington-Jefferson Skate Park and Urban Plaza, proving the new space had a whole lot more to offer Eugene than just skateboarding.

“It’s been at least 10 years in the making. It's cultural, athletic, and a huge event that’s not just for skaters,” said Zane Wheeler of the Riverhouse Outdoor Program.
Local 'To know that Casey Jo is 22 and has never walked or talked, it just kept me going' 'To know that Casey Jo is 22 and has never walked or talked, it just kept me going' (Video)
19-year-old Cheyanne Davis finished her first full marathon Saturday in Maryville, Missouri. Davis said she was running in honor of Casey Jo Nelson, a 22-year-old Eugene woman with Loeys-Dietz syndrome.

Davis met Casey Jo through the “I run 4” program, a group that believes running in tribute to someone with restricted mobility can increase motivation and open up a dialogue about disabilities.