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Emma Balkenbush

Emma Balkenbush is a reporter and anchor for NewsWatch 12.

Title: Anchor & Reporter

Emma Balkenbush joined the NewsWatch 12 team in January 2017. She is originally from Edwardsville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

During her time at Mizzou she discovered her passion for storytelling while working as a reporter, anchor and producer at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. She covered a variety of topics including political fact-checking, investigative consumer stories and local community events.

She is thrilled to live in Southern Oregon and cannot wait to explore everything the area has to offer. When Emma is not at the anchor desk or chasing a story, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, reading a good book and being outdoors. She is also an avid water skier and spent ten years performing with a show ski team in Illinois.

You can send Emma a message on Facebook or Twitter if you have a story idea for her or just want to say hello!

Recent Posts by Emma Balkenbush

Accidental water release at Lost Creek Lake Dam prompts safety changes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making some changes at the Lost Creek Lake Dam after an accidental discharge of water earlier this week.

Rookie ODF firefighters get first taste of fire season

A group of 16 first-time firefighters are currently in a two-week training course.

Rogue Retreat not able to operate cooling shelters this Summer

Rogue Retreat will not be able to spearhead cooling shelters this Summer from people suffering from homelessness.

Crews continue to search Lost Creek Lake after fatal boating incident

One man is confirmed dead and another remains missing after a boating incident on Lost Creek Lake, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said on Monday morning.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival outdoor season kicks off

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre, the festival's flagship outdoor theatre, opened to audiences Friday night.

Ashland parents organize after-graduation all-night event

Ashland High School seniors are about to enter the real world. The school held its graduation ceremony this past Friday at Lithia Park.

Crater Lake Electrical apprenticeship program seeks young candidates

A local electrical apprenticeship program wants high school students to know there are more paths than the typical four-year college degree.

Hundreds honor fallen heroes at Eagle Point National Cemetery

Southern Oregonians are coming together to honor our nation's fallen heroes.

Family remembers Medford hiker who fell from cliff

Family members say a Medford man died doing what he loved.

Ashland Budget Committee creates plan to fix general fund deficit

The City of Ashland says it's on its way to fixing the $2 million-a-year budget deficit for the general fund.

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