Seena Sleem

Reporter

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 O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive
Sen. Ron Wyden and athlete volunteers from the University of Oregon joined St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday.

The charity plans to feed thousands of low-income familes in Springfield and Eugene by providing them with turkey or ham plus other fixings for a holiday dinner.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
Local $2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs $2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs (Video)
About 1,200 nurses work at PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart hospitals in the Eugene/Springfield area.

The chief nursing officer says only about 30 percent of RNs right now have their bachelor's or master's in nursing.

"We're on a journey with an ultimate goal to have 80 percent of our nurses have their bachelor's or master's degree over the next number of years," said Louella Freeman, chief nursing officer.

Don Tykeson and John Murphy, two Eugene businessmen, are joining the effort.

They have pledged to the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center's Nursing Education Foundation a combined $2.6 million dollar challenge grant - a donation they want to see matched by donors.
Local 'The old formula of no-go-tell still applies' 'The old formula of no-go-tell still applies' (Video)
A 9-year-old boy told school officials that a man tried to grab him Wednesday afternoon in West Eugene, Eugene Police said Friday.

Police said in a press release that "there are some inconsistencies in the boy’s report" but they are investigating.

“We are trying to track down all available leads, but it doesn’t point to one suspect,” Lt. Doug Mozan said.

The boy told a school official at Prairie Mountain School that while riding his bike around 3:15 p.m. "and was allegedly grabbed by a subject near the intersection of Royal and Terry," Mozan said.
Local Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan: 'Nothing on this earth that I would trade for all my service' Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan: 'Nothing on this earth that I would trade for all my service' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Shane Summers has been a Marine for 12 years.

"Something special about them," he said. "Not everybody can do what we do."

Jason Pickens has served in the Marines for 16 years. He was also deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

When asked about the experience, the Bend native said it was chaotic at times.

"Being targeted with rocket-propeled grenades and things like that," he said.
Local Court documents detail drug case against juvenile detention supervisor Court documents detail drug case against juvenile detention supervisor (Photo Gallery)
A supervisor at the county juvenile detention facility faces accusations he used a county-owned iPhone and iPad to make drug deals for heroin, Eugene Police said in sworn court documents.

David Thomas Van Lier, 44, of Eugene faces charges of unlawful possession of heroin and official misconduct.

The investigation started when Van Lier called police to report a trespasser at his home on South Garden Way, according to a police officer's sworn statement filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

Van Lier identified himself to police as a supervisor at the county's youth detention center.

The other person involved, Lucymae Watson, was arrested on an outstanding warrant related to meth.
Local After a forest fire: 'It's a threat to people or ecologically' After a forest fire: 'It's a threat to people or ecologically' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Firefighters kept most of the fires from growing: The Oregon Department of Forestry said 94 percent of the fires it handled were 10 acres or less.

But some fires grew much larger.

There were more than 3,500 fires in Oregon and Washington this summer that burned 100 acres or more, according the the National Interagency Coordination Center.

All told, 1.5 million acres burned in the Northwest - roughly half the acreage burned nationwide in 2014.

What happens after the flames? Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m.
Local 'Grow some facial hair' 'Grow some facial hair' (Video)
One in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer, the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute says.

The Movember movement aims to raise money for cancer research - and raise awareness about the most common cancers in men.
Local Fundraising for Autumn's cancer treatment: 'We're trying to do the best we can for our community' Fundraising for Autumn's cancer treatment: 'We're trying to do the best we can for our community'
After a recent battle with cancer, the community is stepping up to help Autumn Woods pay for her life-saving procedures.

Gary Gonzalez, a personal trainer, hosts a monthly “charity boot camp” and personal training sessions to help causes in the community. He chose to help Woods this November to “bring the community in, to lift her after everything she's gone through.”

The idea, he says, is to have locals help locals.
Local Police ratchet up presence for Halloween, Oregon-Stanford game Police ratchet up presence for Halloween, Oregon-Stanford game (Photo Gallery)
Halloween in Eugene can be a riot.

Literally.

"Historically we do - we've seen some issues around, so we will have some extra presence this weekend," said Debbie Janecek with Eugene Police.

Police said they're taking extra measures to make sure history doesn't repeat itself - especially since, in addition to the holiday, this weekend pits the University of Oregon Ducks against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen.
Local Eugene looks to expand urban growth boundary Eugene looks to expand urban growth boundary (Video)
The City of Eugene is working on plans to expand the urban growth boundary.

The plan would add a total of 924 acres south of Clear Lake Road, including over 200 acres for Golden Gardens Park and 54 acres to be used by Bethel School District.

"I think it's an opportunity for Bethel as a neighborhood to get some of the services and amenities that the rest of the city already has," said Terri Harding, senior planner with the City of Eugene.
Local Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 'The appropriate response is always: How can I help?' Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 'The appropriate response is always: How can I help?' (Photo Gallery)
Casey Wright was murdered by her ex-fiance in November of last year. Now her friends, family and former co-workers are using her memory to raise money to help others who might be dealing with domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Womenspace executive director Peggy Whalen said abusive relationships are more common than people are often aware.
Local 33rd annual Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum 33rd annual Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
For 33 years, droves of fungi fans have filled Mt. Pisgah Arboretum for the annual Mushroom Festival.

The seemingly endless varieties of fungus displayed on ornate tables inside the arboretum were the focal point of the festival.

Still, hundreds of visitors also got to taste the special mushroom-inspired dishes from vendors, check out the submissions scarecrow contest and hunt through the tables filled with mushrooms and other plants to take home.
Local 'Heart defects may not manifest themselves until they get older' 'Heart defects may not manifest themselves until they get older'
Cardiologists at Riverbend Hospital gave a free heart screening to about 70 teens on Saturday, using an electrocardiogram (otherwise known as an EKG) to check for heart problems.

People with undetected heart defects are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, especially if they're athletes.

“(It’s) not that common but it is devastating,” said Frances Munkenbeck, a physician at Oregon Cardiology “It is the leading cause of death during exercise, in teens who are exercising.”
Local 'Do all we can to improve the safety of this section of Interstate 5' 'Do all we can to improve the safety of this section of Interstate 5' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Oregon DOT planned to put out bids early next year seeking construction of cable barriers in the median of Interstate 5 between Salem and Albany.

But after 2 fatal crossover accidents, including a double-crossover crash Thursday that killed a woman and sent a semi careening into oncoming traffic, Governor John Kitzhaber and ODOT Director Matthew Garrett announced plans to fast track the project.
Local Veterans swim free on Mondays at Tamarack Pool: 'It gives us all a social network' Veterans swim free on Mondays at Tamarack Pool: 'It gives us all a social network' (Video)
Local veterans will be making a splash at a South Eugene pool for free each Monday thanks to a new grant.

The Oregon Country Fair grant does give vets a free aerobic activity at Tamarack Pool, but one former military man said he hopes the program will bring waves of change to the often troubled veteran community.

Studies from the Oregon Health Authority show that many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It also shows that the state's returning service men and women have higher suicide rates.

“It gives us all a social network. And that's important for everyone,” said Ted Vasquez, a disabled Vietnam War vet.
Local Community rallies against racism after "anti-diversity" fliers handed out at Springfield HS Community rallies against racism after "anti-diversity" fliers handed out at Springfield HS (Video)
The community rallied against racism on Saturday after a man claims he handed out racially intolerant flyers to students at Springfield High School earlier this week.

Our reporters learned the flyers at Springfield High were filled with prejudiced material, including the quote "diversity is white genocide."

The Community Alliance of Lane County held a rally Saturday to send a message that hate speech will not be tolerated.
Local Hayrides not regulated by state or federal authorities Hayrides not regulated by state or federal authorities (Video)
How safe are your children on a hayride at a local pumpkin patch? That question is on a lot of people's minds after two horrible accidents in other parts of the country over the weekend.

A teenage girl was killed and more than 20 others hurt in a hayride crash in Maine on Saturday. In Idaho, another teen was hit and killed by a bus in a corn maze on Friday.

Like many states, Oregon has no laws mandating safety regulations for these rides.

Instead, some local fire district takes it upon themselves to work with local farms to make sure their safety is up to par.
Local 5th annual Crop Hunger Walk: '1 in 3 Lane County residents is eligible for emergency food' 5th annual Crop Hunger Walk: '1 in 3 Lane County residents is eligible for emergency food' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Hundreds gathered in Alton Baker Park on Sunday to take steps in raising awareness about hunger issues at the 5th annual Crop Hunger Walk.

The teams of walkers making a 3 mile loop around the park Sunday set a goal of raising $25,000 for Crop Hunger Walk.

Each dollar earned can make a huge difference in feeding communities near and far. A quarter of the money raised goes to Food For Lane County, and the rest going to Church World Service.
About KMTR TV 'We decided to make it in her memory' 'We decided to make it in her memory'
Survivors and supporters alike will be filling Autzen Stadium next Sunday (Oct. 12) for the annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

For many, the race is a way to contribute to breast cancer research in honor of a friend or family member. Race For The Cure groups raise money to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.