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 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.
Local Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us' Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us' (Video)
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.