Firefighters stop 4 brushfires by Hwy. 97 S of Bend

Four small brushfires broke out within minutes of each other on the east side of Highway 97 south of Bend late Tuesday afternoon, sending police and fire crews scrambling to get them out; investigators say a catalytic converter fell out of a vehicle's exhaust, apparently sparking the blazes.


Katie Higgins

POSTED: 11:48 PM PDT August 3, 2013 
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Reporter, Weekend Anchor/Producer, NewsChannel 21

I moved to Central Oregon in June 2013 from St. Louis, Mo.  Although I’m far away from home, I am so excited to see what new adventures I can find in the Cascades!

I was hired as Weekend Anchor/Producer and weekday reporter for KTVZ. I am especially excited about this position because I get to experience every aspect the news has to offer.

I graduated from The Ohio State University, where I majored in public affairs journalism and minored in news production and analysis. I reported for The Lantern, Ohio State’s student paper and multimedia platform.

I've had several internships and jobs in the journalism field. I interned at NBC Affiliates, KSDK, in St. Louis, Mo, and Columbus, Ohio. I also interned with NBC Bay Area in their investigative journalism department. I worked with Ohio State University’s NPR station as an assistant producer to a morning talk show.

Broadcast journalism is my dream job, because I get to keep people informed by telling your stories. My favorite part of what I do is the people I do it for. You all make the job so meaningful and special and I am so excited to be a part of the Bend and Central Oregon community.

Some fun facts about me: I am an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I was a competitive Irish dancer from age 9 to 22. My last competition was November 2012, and now I do it for fun and fitness. I have a red-tick coon-hound named Mila Coonis (pun intended). If you see me around town, she will likely be at my side.

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