Kelsey Dudley

Reporter

Kelsey Dudley
Kelsey Dudley
Reporter
Kelsey joins the NewsSource 16 team as a reporter and weekend anchor. Kelsey arrives in the northwest after living nearly a year in sunny Singapore. There she worked as a travel host for an online blog where she traveled all across Southeast Asia exploring the beautiful region and meeting incredible people along the way. She filmed in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

In Singapore, Kelsey helped create a tutor/mentor program for underprivileged children and worked directly with a local hospital to bring art activities and movie nights to children battling cancer.

Kelsey studied Journalism in Canberra, Australia and received a B.A. in Mass Communication/Journalism from Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho.

Before moving overseas, Kelsey started her journalism career at KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado where she worked as a production assistant and reporter. There she helped cover the Aurora Theater shooting and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Grand Junction during the 2012 election.

Kelsey thrives in the outdoors and is happy she lives in one of the best places for it. She loves rock climbing; hot yoga; and can find an adventure around every corner.

You can follow all of Kelsey’s adventures and catch up on the latest news on Twitter and Instagram: @kelseydudley11

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelseydudleynewsie

If you have a story idea, email Kelsey at kdudley@kmtr.com

Recent stories by Kelsey Dudley

Local UO asks public for feedback on handling sexual assaults UO asks public for feedback on handling sexual assaults (Video)
During the last year, the University of Oregon has responded to reported sexual assaults and rape occurring near campus.

To address these reports, the U of O holding a public meeting Aug. 27 to gather input on how the college can better prevent and address the problems of sexual assaults.

For those that can’t attend or would prefer to remain anonymous can submit questions or comments online.
Local Bridge work to disrupt Delta Highway overnight Bridge work to disrupt Delta Highway overnight (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The signs on Beltine notify drivers that change is coming August 19 along Delta Highway.

"Tonight the equipment will come out, materials will come out," said project manager Scott Gillespie, "and in the morning everything will be open to full traffic in the morning."

A crew of about two dozen will be working until 6 a.m. Wednesday building a new bridge expasnion on Goodpasture Island Road over Delta Highway.
Local Share the road: Rash of car-bike collisions a good reminder of law Share the road: Rash of car-bike collisions a good reminder of law (Video)
After 3 crashes in 4 days involving bicycles and cars, Oregon State Police are urging drivers to be on high alert for bicyclists.

While riding your bike can be healthy, green and fun, sometimes it can be dangerous.

"I've been hit by a number of cars throughout the years being a cyclist," said bike courier Anthony Ainsworth. "It hurts."

On Saturday, east of Grants Pass, a Roseburg woman on her bicycle was hit by a car from behind.

In just the last two weeks, a total of 6 cyclist have been hit in the Eugene-Springfield area alone.

None of those riders were seriously injured.
Local Are you hydrated enough for the heat? Are you hydrated enough for the heat? (Photo Gallery) (Video)
It's not just those exercising in this heat that are at risk for heat related illnesses.

Dr. Geoffrey Simmons said during a heat advisory, those over 65 and those under 4 are people we really need to watch out for the heat.

Simmons says just as we lose some of our hearing and vision as we get older, we also lose a sense of thirst.

"Old people won't drink anything because they think they feel fine and actually they're thirsty," he said. "Light urine will tell you you're hydrated enough."
Local Toxic algae in pond: 'I wish there were more signage here. That is pretty scary stuff' Toxic algae in pond: 'I wish there were more signage here. That is pretty scary stuff' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Mahlum family took their dog Ben to the Walterville Pond on Wednesday.

He went in the water and even took a few slurps.

It was a dog's life for the 15-year-old pet - except the visit came a day after a state agency warned that tests confirmed the presence of blue-green algae capable of producing toxins dangerous to both people and dogs.

KMTR NewsSource 16 brought the information to the Mahlum's attention.
Local Armed robbery at mall: 'They had him up against the wall with handcuffs' Armed robbery at mall: 'They had him up against the wall with handcuffs' (Video)
Police raced to the Valley River Center on Tuesday after a report of an armed robbery at a jewelry store.

"They were coming from up over the overpass, they were coming from off of the freeway," witness Debbie Evartt waid. "I mean they were just coming from all directions."

About a dozen officers responded after a gunman robbed Harry Ritchie's Jewelers.

Evartt was standing on the corner of Valley River Drive just as the action was unfolding.
Local Blood bank facing shortage Blood bank facing shortage (Video)
Last week, an accident almost took someone's life.

But after 40 units of O blood transfusions, the person's life was saved.

"To put it in perspective, a normal adult has between 10 and 13 pints of blood in their system," Kristi McElhinney with Lane Blood Center said. "So if you use 40 units of blood, we replaced your blood about 4 times."

But as demand grows this summer, the Lane Blood Center is seeing a shortage of blood, specifically type O and B negative.
Local Springfield takes on taggers Springfield takes on taggers (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Springfield officials said not painting over the graffiti as quickly as possible makes it look like the community doesn't care - and in some cases gives other taggers the green light.

The vandalism makes areas seem unsafe, and at times it can even turn into a place of crime, the city contends.
Local 'One of my biggest fears is cold water' 'One of my biggest fears is cold water' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Nine buckets of freezing cold water, all with Mark Chase's name on them.

"One of my biggest fears is cold water," the Junction City police chief said.

Chase got wet Tuesday, thanks to Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, who had already taken the plunge.

It's called the Cold Water Challenge, and it's sweeping from hero to hero across the nation in fire and police departments.
Local State backs off effort to close medical marijuana dispensary State backs off effort to close medical marijuana dispensary (Video)
A battle between a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Eugene and the Oregon Health Authority is over - for now.

OHA had sought to revoke The Greener Side's license after getting tips the dispensary was within 1,000 feet of a school.

Lane County Public Health said that data was outdated, so OHA stopped their effort to shut them down.
Local Mom: Babysitter gave my kids melatonin to make them sleep Mom: Babysitter gave my kids melatonin to make them sleep (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Brittany Coughran got off work early one day and went to pick up her kids from their nanny.

When she arrived, she found them laying down.

She said the moment she put them in the car she knew something was wrong.

Three-year-old Colton and 5-year old Evi seemed lethargic and out of it, she said.

Once they were home, the two kids plopped on the bed. Brittany said that's when she confronted her children.

"I asked her, 'Evi, what's the matter?' She said, 'Well the babysitter gave me some candy to help fall asleep'," Coughran said.
Local Oregon sex offender database current - but incomplete Oregon sex offender database current - but incomplete (Video)
For years, state police have been trying to play catch up when it comes to registering sex offenders.

Now they tell us their database is finally current.

But even though it's up to date, you can only see a select few if you go to the state registry website.

There are more than 27,000 registered sex offenders in Oregon, but only 623 of them are posted on the public website.
Local Are the flowers you buy at big box stores poisonous to bees? Are the flowers you buy at big box stores poisonous to bees? (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A report released Wednesday says the bee friendly plants you buy from some major retailers may not be bee friendly at all.

The report was compiled by Friends of the Earth.

They tested 71 plants for sale at stores in 18 cities across the country, including Eugene.

The study found 36 plants tested positive for neonicotinoids, a pesticide known to harm bees.
Local Police detective charged with DUI, resisting arrest Police detective charged with DUI, resisting arrest (Video)
A police detective faces charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest.

Eugene Police arrested Springfield Police Detective Marco Espinoza on Saturday night.

The officer saw Espinoza and a woman arguing outside a car on Chambers and Roosevelt.

The officer suspected Espinoza had been drinking and driving. Instead of agreeing to be taken into custody, Espinoza became verbally aggressive and resisted arrest, Eugene Police allege.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
Local UO warns sororities about visits from 'strange looking man'
The University of Oregon warned sororities this week about a "strange looking man" approaching women where they live.

"Our office has received reports of alarming behavior associated with an individual who is engaging in conversations and dropping off 'gifts' and flowers to chapter houses and live outs, specifically for women, and is resistant to leave upon request," Justin Shukas, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, wrote in a letter dated June 11.

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Local Man jailed on attempted murder charge after woman found shot in Junction City Man jailed on attempted murder charge after woman found shot in Junction City (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Dormans didn't know something was wrong across the street.

"I didn't hear anything, and my husband didn't hear anything either," Marion Dorman said.

Then she looked out her bedroom windown around 5 a.m.

"The whole intersection was taped off," she said.

According to Junction City police, they got a call from someone worried about the well-being of the 26-year-old woman who lived there.

Officers found her unresponsive from a gunshot wound was rushed to the hospital. A man was later taken in for questioning after he was located in Creswell, 20 to miles to the south.

The sheriff later booked Joseph Eska, 24, into the Lane County Jail on a charge of attempted murder.