Update: Two killed in Powell Butte Highway crash

Two people were killed and two others injured in a crash late Friday afternoon on the Powell Butte Highway northeast of Bend, officials said.

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Samantha O'Connor

POSTED: 9:56 AM PDT October 29, 2013    UPDATED: 5:59 PM PDT September 23, 2014 
Samantha O'Connor

Reporter/producer, NewsChannel 21

I spent my first 14 years of life in San Jose, California before moving to Bend for high school. After graduating from Summit High, I decided to do things a little differently so, instead of rushing off to college, I scoured craigslist for a nanny job abroad.

Before I knew it, I was packing my bags to move to London, England to be a nanny. I loved living in England so much that after my nanny job, I chose to stay in the country for college. I moved an hour south, to the coastal town of Brighton, into a house with four wonderful strangers -- and it was the best leap of faith I’ve ever taken.

During my second year at Brighton University, I had to complete a mandatory 4-week internship within the media industry, and that’s where my connection with KTVZ began.

I “reported” for a month at the station and fell completely in love with broadcast journalism. A year later, I graduated with an honors degree in Media Studies -- and here I am.

As a Central Oregon “local,” I’m very excited to be apart of the NewsChannel 21 team. I remember enjoying the news when I was in high school, and I feel honored I can now help to tell the stories of all the people of Central Oregon.

I am currently working on NewsChannel 21 at Sunrise as a producer, and I am also working on my reporting skills and training to be a “fill-in” weather presenter.

I would love to hear any suggestions or story ideas, so feel free to e-mail me at Samantha.oconnor@ktvz.com.

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